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The 1964 Civil Rights Act The 1964 Civil Rights Act affected me in many ways To fully understand how the 1964 Civil Rights Act affected me you must first know some information about it There were many hard times in 1964 The 1964 Civil Rights Act was not brought about easily by one person but was instead a culmination of many great men The following will describe the 1964 Civil Rights Act and explain how I as well as everyone else was affected by it Baby Boomers were graduating from high school in 1964 some of them to march fresh-faced into battle in Vietnam and come home in body bags They were emerging into an uncertain world that was rapidly changing In South Carolina and Georgia their graduation ceremonies underscored resistance to change A decade had passed since the US Supreme Court had ruled against separate-but-equal schools but schools in both states remained segregated as did most of lifes activities The graduating classes of 1964 were either black or white not mixed The year would be almost over before White and Colored signs were removed from Augustas public water fountains They remained on restroom doors however and hospitals remained segregated Augusta hired its first black policemen but they were not authorized to arrest whites Racial issues and racial conflicts dominated the year often violently Three civil rights workers attempting to register blacks to vote were murdered in Mississippi in June Seven of the 21 people arrested in connection with the crime were convicted in federal court Southern senators were filibustering in Congress against a civil rights bill that would make discrimination illegal in public accommodations the workplace and schools They held out for 75 days before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed South Carolinas US Sen Strom Thurmond was outspoken This is a tragic day for America when Negro
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