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Civil Rights Act of 1964

Definition - What does Civil Rights Act of 1964 mean?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a historically significant federal law that prohibits discrimination based on someone's race, sex, color, religion or national origin. It also provides for equal access to public places and equal employment. As a result, it promotes desegregation and guarantees voting rights by banning practices that target minorities and disadvantaged Americans.

Justipedia explains Civil Rights Act of 1964

With 11 different sections, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers a lot of ground. Following is an overview of the key provisions:

  • Title I – Addresses voting rights
  • Title II – Addresses equal access to public accommodation
  • Title III – Addresses desegregation of public facilities
  • Title IV – Addresses desegregation of schools
  • Title V – Addresses the role of the Commission on Civil Rights
  • Title VI – Addresses nondiscrimination with regard to federal assistance programs
  • Title VII – Addresses equal employment issues (including discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin; prevention of prohibited activities; and the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
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