2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar
I've chosen for July a coin that celebrates a law created in July. This coin, new in 2014, is a silver dollar that commemorates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on its 50th anniversary.
In 1963, following growing efforts to pass laws that would support civil rights for minorities, President John F. Kennedy proposed legislation that would guarantee that every citizen would be treated equally regardless of race. The Act addressed voting rights, service in public places, school desegregation, nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs, and more.
Despite Kennedy's assassination later that year, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2. The act outlawed segregation in businesses such as theaters, restaurants, and hotels. It banned discriminatory practices in employment and ended segregation in public places such as swimming pools, libraries, and public schools.
Passing the act was not easy, but once Congress approved, President Johnson signed it into law right away. The declaration was clear: discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was illegal in the United States of America.
Although the law did not end inequality immediately, it did set a clear course for future progress. Read more about this coin on the Commemorative Coins page.