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Library of Congress
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd level, Southwest Gallery,
Washington, DC
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It banned discrimination in public accommodations, such as hotels, restaurants, theaters and retail stores. It outlawed segregation in public education. It banned discrimination in employment, and it ended unequal application of voter-registration requirements. The act was a landmark piece of legislation that opened the doors to further progress in the acquisition and protection of civil rights.

The Library of Congress highlights the struggles and victories leading to its passage, shedding light on the individuals who participated in the decades-long campaign for equality.

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