In honor of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the National Archives today begins a special display of the original Civil Rights Act, and will host special programs
Featured Document Display
Starting today, the National Archives is displaying the first and signature pages of the Civil Rights Act (http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=true&doc=97) in the National Archives' new permanent exhibition "Records of Rights" in the
FILM SCREENING: A Time for Justice and Mighty Times: The Children's March
To commemorate this important anniversary, the National Archives presents two Academy Award-winning documentaries. A Time for Justice (1994; 38 minutes) depicts the battle for civil rights as told by its foot soldiers. Directed by four-time Academy Award winner
FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
About the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President
* See background information and a transcript (http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=97) of the Civil Rights Act on the list of 100 Milestone Documents (http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?page=milestone) of American history on www.ourdocuments.gov.
* See the National Archives "Documented Rights" online exhibit section on civil rights: /exhibits/documented-rights/exhibit/
* See DocsTeach online resources and related Civil Rights Act lesson plans for educators: http://docsteach.org/documents/299891/detail
About the Records of Rights exhibit
"Records of Rights" is free and open to the public and is on permanent display in the
"Records of Rights" uses original documents, photographs, facsimiles, videos, and interactive exhibits to explore how Americans have worked to realize the ideals of freedom enshrined in our nation's founding documents, and how they debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity. Exploring many stories--and showcasing the drive for civil rights for African Americans, women, and immigrants-the new exhibition chronicles the past and current generations whose efforts to secure equality under the law have shaped the country we live in today.
Through a companion website, RecordsofRights.org , the public can experience the exhibition beyond the gallery walls.
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