The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark achievement in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. With the incredible perseverance of the people fighting for civil rights, it was inevitable that they would be victorious. However, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was not easy, and ideological barriers caused the Civil Rights Bill to dwell in the Senate for months. It wasn’t until Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen made it possible to garner the support needed to pass the Bill. Students will read Everett Dirksen’s speech and note his challenge and approach, his words of inspiration, his persuasive arguments, and how he enlightened many to recognize the urgency of voting on the Civil Rights Bill.

Download: Civil Rights Act 1964 Lesson Plan

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