1964 Civil Rights Act / 24th Amendment

By: Katy Ransom, Taylor Hough, Kaiden Hulett, Makayla Gamiel

24th Amendment

Why it was important:

  • big part of civil rights
  • made voting affordable
  • blacks could vote for gov officials in favor of ending segregation

What was its impact:

  • Big part of Civil rights movement
  • Blacks began to actually serve in congress and state legislative bodies
  • Push for equality
  • Helped poor whites and poor in general

Why it was passed:

  • Poll tax was unconstitutional
  • People started to realize poll tax was used to prevent African Americans from being able to vote
  • Congress had been trying to get the 24th amendment passed since August 27th,1932
  • Wasn't passed until January 23, 1964
  • Most states already abolished
  • Most whites were mad and African Americans were happy

The Civil Rights Act of 1964:

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the act signed by Lyndon B. Johnson. It said that segregation is illegal in public places, it made discrimination in employment on race, origin, sex, nationality etc illegal.  

Major Leaders that pushed for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Martin Luther King Jr-

  • -While working toward the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by leading the March on Washington and giving the "I have a dream" speech.

Roy Wilkins-

-During his tenure, the NAACP led the nation into the Civil Rights movement and spearheaded the efforts that led to significant civil rights victories:

  • -Brown v. Board of Education,
  • the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
  • the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Wilkins participated in the:

  • March on Washington (1963),
  • the Selma to Montgomery marches
  • -the March Against Fear (1966).

Source: "Civil Rights Act of 1964." 2009. 10 Apr. 2014 <http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_civil_rights_act_of_1964/>

Causes of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • -John F. Kennedy- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was born in the presidency of John F Kennedy who was elected president in 1960.
  • -The March on Washington-

Summary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement. First proposed by President John F. Kennedy, it survived strong opposition from southern members of Congress and was then signed into law by Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon B. Johnson. In subsequent years, Congress expanded the act and also passed additional legislation aimed at bringing equality to African Americans, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965."

  Source: "Civil Rights Act of 1964 - History Channel." 2014. 14 Apr. 2014 <http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-act/videos/civil-rights-act-of-1964>

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