October 26, 2016
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Historical Perspective on the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts at Brown Bag Series

Matthew C. Whittaker, Ph.D. and associate professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, will discuss The 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts – an Historical Perspective” at the free Faces of Diversity Brown Bag series noon Friday, Aug. 28, at the city of Phoenix Personnel Department, First Floor Training Room, 135 N.

Second Ave.

To recognize the 45th anniversary of this historic legislation, Dr. Whittaker will provide an overview of the progress of both acts, how far we have to come and how far we have to go. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation that outlawed racial segregation in schools, public places and employment and created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The National Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed discriminatory voting practices and prohibited states from denying or abridging the right of any U.S. citizen to vote on account of race or color.  Both acts were signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The free series is sponsored by the Phoenix Human Relations Commission and the city’s Equal Opportunity Department.  It features dynamic people telling their stories about diversity. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cultural experience. No reservation needed. For more information, call 602-261-8242 or 602-534-1557/TTY or visit phoenix.gov/eod/bbag.html.

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