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50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

2014 July 2
by Mandy Mastrovita
WSB-TV newsfilm clip of attorney Constance Baker Motley commenting on the lawsuit against Lester Maddox and the Pickrick restaurant for discrimination against African Americans, Atlanta, Georgia, 1964. Clip available at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/crdl/id:ugabma_wsbn_42587

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of attorney Constance Baker Motley commenting on the lawsuit against Lester Maddox and the Pickrick restaurant for discrimination against African Americans, Atlanta, Georgia, 1964, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0939, 19:30/25:14, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia. Clip available at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/crdl/id:ugabma_wsbn_42587

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson just a few hours after House approval on July 2, 1964. The act outlawed segregation in businesses such as theaters, restaurants, and hotels. It also  banned discriminatory practices in employment and ended segregation in public places such as swimming pools, libraries, and public schools. Spend some time looking through the numerous educator resources and materials from archival collections that are available from the Civil Rights Digital Library at  http://crdl.usg.edu/events/civil_rights_act_1964/ .

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