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jul 2, 1964 - Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and panned discrimination of employment. It was first proposed by President John F. Kennedy but had strong opposition from southern members of Congress. Congress then expanded additional civil rights after it had been signed such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

When Kennedy was assassinated, President Lyndon B. Johnson took up this case immediately. He said “Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions combined", however, the southerners argued that the bill seized individual liberties and states' rights.

In the end, the Senate voted 73-27 in favor of the bill, and it was signed in on the 2nd of July, 1964.

Under this law, blacks could no longer be denied service based on the color of their skin. The Office of Education was also not allowed to use funds for a discriminatory program to assist with school desegregation.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 paved the way for other laws: the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Legal segregation had finally been disemboweled in the United States.

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