The 1964 Civil Rights Act: Lesson Plans, Activities and Resources
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Teaching the 1964 Civil Rights Act
Looking for an engaging Civil Rights Act lesson plan? Share My Lesson has curated high-quality, free K-12 lesson plans, resources and activities that inspire and educate students on one of the most critical pieces of legislation of the 20th century.
“The purpose of the law is simple. It does not restrict the freedom of any American, so long as he respects the rights of others.”
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson used the above quote when he signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Originally proposed by President Kennedy in 1963, this landmark piece of legislation made discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin illegal. Additionally, the Civil Rights Act ended the practice of unequal voter requirements based on race or sex and ended racial segregation in schools. In this timely collection, you’ll find several free resources such as:
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Digging Deeper: The 1964 Civil Rights Act Today
How can you review and reinforce the importance of history and activism in your classroom? Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States used Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to side with plaintiffs against employers discriminating against LGBTQ employees. Check out this blog below for further reading and ways to engage your students:
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