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        Documenting Brown 7: Civil Rights Act of 1964

        In 1954, the Supreme Court declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional, but a decade later, most schools remained segregated. At the height of the Civil Rights movement, President John F. Kennedy drafted legislation to enforce racial equality. It wasn't until President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which gave the federal government the power to withhold federal funds from segregated public schools, that many school districts first developed desegregation plans.

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