Why did the changes that the civil rights movement brought about matter?

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The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s mattered because it finally led to the passage of legislation at the federal level that invalidated racist state laws. During this era, the country finally moved away from apartheid (separation of the races) and towards integration.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, for example, made segregation in public places illegal. No longer could black people be forced to use separate bathrooms, sit only in a segregated part of a movie theater, such as the...

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