The Civil Rights Act of l964: Is It Relevant Today?
Published on Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:12pm
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub. L 88-352) is considered the nation's most comprehensive civil rights law enacted by Congress to end discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national orgin. President John F. Kennedy first proposed the landmark action in a July 11, 1963 nationally televised address. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation into law on July 2, 1964.
Among its key provisions, the law prohibited discrimination in public places, created the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and authorized the U.S. Attorney General to protect Americans against unequal treatment in voting, education and other areas. Over the years, the Act has been amended to give greater protection to disadvantaged Americans.
Is the current law relevant today? How has it been applied since Barack Obama's ascendency to the White House? On Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m., join us for a discussion led by Johnny Barnes, President Emeritus of the American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area, and Dr. Michael E. Fauntroy, Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University and noted television analyst.