Civil Rights Act Essay
December 18, 2014
Civil Rights Act of 1965
The 1964 Civil Rights Act was a landmark in legislative attempts to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minority groups. Civil rights has had a long history as a political and legislative issue, the 1960s marked a period of intense activity by the government to protect minority rights. The Act did not resolve all problems of discrimination; it did however opened the door to further talks and progress lessen racial restrictions on the use of public bathrooms, waiting rooms, buses, and provided more job opportunities, strengthening voting laws, and limiting federal funding of discriminatory aid programs.
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In addition to challenging segregation in the courts, African Americans relied increasingly upon direct action to publicize their plight by staging sit-ins and boycotts. Perhaps the most dramatic of the early protests was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s demonstration in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. Protesting rules that required them to sit in the backs of buses, African Americans refused to use public transportation and picketed against the regulations. The protest soon spread as African Americans boycotted white Montgomery businesses in an effort to slow down business and to force businessmen to support African American demands. After months of confrontation and some violence, the city agreed to end seating requirements on buses,