Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollar
This 2014 coin honors the Civil Rights Act, made law in 1964, on its 50th anniversary. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 greatly expanded civil rights protections. It outlawed racial segregation in public places, funded federal programs, and encouraged desegregation in public schools.
The law that required the creation of this coin was passed on December 2, 2008. The law allows surcharges for each coin that’s sold to be paid to the United Negro College Fund.
One of the main goals of the civil rights movement was equality in education. Similarly, the purposes of the United Negro College Fund are to provide scholarships and internships for minority students and to operate services for 37 historically black colleges and universities.
The fund’s scholarships and operating funds have enabled more than 400,000 young African-Americans to earn college degrees. Those graduates include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many other leaders in the fields of education, science, medicine, law, entertainment, literature, the military, and politics. Many of them have also supported the movement for civil rights.