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When the Government Stood Up For Civil Rights All my life Ive been sick and tired and now Im just sick and tired of being sick and tired No one can honestly say Negroes are satisfied Weve only been patient but how much more patience can we have Mrs Hamer said these words in 1964 a month and a day before the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be signed into law by President Lyndon B Johnson She speaks for the mood of a race a race that for centuries has built the nation of America literally with blood sweat and passive acceptance She speaks for black Americans who have been second class citizens in their own home too long She speaks for the race that would be patient no longer that would be accepting no more Mrs Hamer speaks for the African Americans who stood up in the 1950s and refused to sit down They were the people who led the greatest movement in modern American history - the civil rights movement It was a movement that would be more than a fragment of history it was a movement that would become a measure of our lives Shipler 12 When Martin Luther King Jr stirred up the conscience of a nation he gave voice to a long lain dormant morality in America a voice that the government could no longer ignore The government finally answered on July 2nd with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is historically significant because it stands as a defining piece of civil rights legislation being the first time the national government had declared equality for blacks The civil rights movement was a campaign led by a number of organizations supported by many individuals to end discrimination and achieve equality for American Blacks Mooney 776 The forefront of the struggle came during the 1950s and the 1960s when the
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