The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Foundational Influence


By Debra Kirby

I listen to National Public Radio (NPR) on my daily commute. A series on All Things Considered called Generational Politics, which aired in June and which explored the events that shaped the political views of three different generations – 25, 45, and 65 year olds – got me thinking about what most influenced my views, political and beyond. Looking back it is no surprise that having spent some of my most formative years in the 1960s in Detroit, the events related to the Civil Rights Movement played a major role in shaping my beliefs, ideas and character. To this day, I feel privileged to have witnessed that exciting and often turbulent time – even though my parents refused, despite my most earnest and compelling arguments, to let their pre-teen daughter travel by bus to Washington, DC to actually participate in the historic events. The anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 this July 2 provides the perfect opportunity to go beyond the more commonly known facts surrounding this historic act and the events and people who made it happen.

For example, did you know?

  • 约翰·罗伯特·刘易斯,民权运动退伍军人和美国议员从格鲁吉亚自1986年以来,是从3月在华盛顿出席美国总统奥巴马的就职典礼2009年唯一的生活扬声器。仪式结束后,刘易斯问奥巴马签署了纪念照片给他。新总统签署了该消息的照片,“因为有你,约翰。巴拉克奥巴马。”-简历在上下文.

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