Updated: Apr 30, 2020
The definition of Civil Rights is the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. In the 1800s, people did not have the same equality they have now. Back then, brown skinned people were enslaved and treated badly. Untill, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law that did not allow racism and discrimination starting in 1964.
President Johnson spoke on how colored people could not go to restaurants, how some kids could not go to the best public schools, and how women could not vote. Congress expanded the act and passed additional civil rights legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. To find out more about the Civil RIghts visit, www.history.com/topics/black-history/civil-rights-act.
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