Library of Congress Opens a New Exhibit Commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964



Visit the newest exhibit at the Library of Congress which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The exhibit includes fascinating primary sources from the The Segregation Era (19001939) | World War II and Post War (19401949) | Civil Rights Era (19501963) | The Civil Rights Act of 1964 .   Teachers will find visual evidence of the key players and events in the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact of the act. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is considered the most significant piece of civil rights legislation because it prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in voting, public accommodations, public facilities, public education, federally funded programs, and employment. The exhibit includes archival footage of the era, as well as contemporary interviews with civil rights leaders and activists reflecting on the civil rights era.    If you cannot visit the exhibit in person, many items are available digitally for use in the classroom.