The black community in America has faced a lot of hardships since they came in as slaves to work in the plantations of the whites. They have had numerous champions from Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X to Martin Luther King Jr. all propagating a world where the black man had as many rights as their white counterpart (Wright, 2006). Many attempts have been made in history some like the Universal Negro Improvement Association faced challenges from among the black community itself, especially the members of the middle class who viewed the motives of Garvey with skepticism as in the past such movements had been used for selfish goals (Cronon, 1955).
The black community faced a lot of segregation from the white community who viewed them as lesser humans and did not, therefore, want to mix with ...view middle of the document...
and fellow civil rights campaigners (Skog, 2007). This law recognized the equality of women in employment and allowed them to hold jobs. It also allowed the Attorney General to sue anyone who did not uphold it, for example, in the case of employment of blacks and other minorities. Also of importance to note is that public places were no longer segregated, and the Act even went on to define public places to include restaurants, movie houses, sports arenas among others (Skog, 2007).
This was the culmination of a process journey that had taken many years to travel and one that then gave the members of the black community and other minorities a fairer footing in the affairs that they went through on a daily basis. It the meant that admission to public learning institutions from the lowest level to tertiary levels were then primarily to be based on merit of each individual and not the color of one’s skin. It also symbolized the lifting of a yoke that had designated black people, as well as, minorities to a lower caste. They could now go and live anywhere they liked within the law and thus giving them unprecedented power to make decisions on their welfare as they saw fit.
Impact of the Civil Rights Act
A number of significant things would have taken longer to happen or would not even be dreamt of. Among these matters would be the election of a black president into office. With the tough opposition to emancipation by some leaders, the possibility of Obama coming to power would be very slim, after all, President Abraham Lincoln died for expressing emancipation views that were too far ahead of their time.
Personally the Act has enabled me to go to a good school to study Child Psychology, which has given me the chance to shape the future of children that I prospect to teach and that they will be equal and no one will have right to tell them otherwise.