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11/06/1963 Kennedy proposes the revolutionary Civil Rights Act

In a speech broadcasted live on national television and radio, President John F. Kennedy unveiled plans to pursue a comprehensive civil rights bill in Congress. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the nation's premier civil rights legislation. The Act outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


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  • Women's rights 

  • Desegregation 

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