Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Another (Let's Celebrate!) Viewpoint

View of Davis Library's grounds around 4:50 PM Wednesday 7.2.14

The Summer I Session ends here tomorrow at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College—just in time for the 4th of July - Independence Day celebration.  But why not get the party started early by honoring another momentous occasion in our nation’s history?

Today, July 2, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark measure that sought to bring the United States closer to the principle that “all men are created equal” set forth in the Declaration of Independence over 180 years earlier. Outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin, the law ended segregation and unequal voter registration and employment practices that were enacted at both state and local levels under “Jim Crow” laws. 

According to Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, who made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee, the significance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is its role in making “America greater.”
The Act continues to influence and change the way Americans define both freedom and equality.  Its passing made way for further civil rights legislation and greatly impacted the American Disabilities Act of 1990.  

To help you learn more and celebrate the value added by this important piece of legislation, Davis Library is highlighting a few Websites available to explore American Civil Rights Movement further.

Enjoy a happy and safe holiday!

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