In 1964, African-Americans and people designated as “colored” or “non-white” were barred from or restricted to designated sections in most public facilities in the South and quite a few in the North. Growing up in Decatur, Illinois, I remember being restricted to the balcony of one movie theater and denied entrance into another. The significance of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is that it outlawed apartheid or segregation. It was comprehensive, whereas the 1953 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education was limited to public schools.
- Civil Rights,
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