Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Civil Rights Act of 1964

Legislation in the United States that prohibited racial discrimination in government, education and employment. It prohibited businesses from refusing to serve persons on the basis of race and it required judges to apply voter registration requests equally to all races. It invalidated state laws establishing racial segregation, and had the effect in some states of requiring school districts to bus students to other districts to conform to racial quotas. The Act is considered a landmark of the American civil rights movement.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

On November 27, 1963, newly sworn-in President Lyndon Johnson

called for the passage of a new civil rights bill, as a tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated only weeks earlier. The resulting bill was signed into law on July 7, 1964, with a stated purpose: “To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education,to extend the Commission on Civil Rights,to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes.” It has come to be identified with halting discrimination in public accommodations—restaurants, hotels, and other public facilities.

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The appeals court ultimately held that the Act did, in fact, create a federal right that is enforceable for civil rights purposes and that Congress hadn't intended to preclude a separate remedy by the 1871 Civil Rights Act.
104(a)(2) excluded from taxation any portion of the damages received under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, not specifically related to back pay;
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Let me be clear: I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation, which was to stop discrimination in the public sphere and halt the abhorrent practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws.
The letter asked federal agencies to require the Michigan state agencies to institute policies designed to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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In 1964, Lyndon Johnson put his muscle behind a historic civil rights act even though he was convinced it would cost his party the South.
The year before, Congress had passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation that outlawed race discrimination in housing and employment.
He promised homosexual pressure groups that he would "seek to establish full equality for gay and lesbian citizens" through a federal employment civil rights act for homosexuals and integration of sodomites into the military.
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