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Mahalia Jackson in Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life

In his 1959 film, Imitation of Life, director Douglas Sirk purposefully used various film technologies to depict singer-actress Mahalia Jackson in unflattering light and grainy resolution.


The Civil Rights of 1968

The Civil Rights Act of 1968, otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act, is signed into law, prohibiting landlords from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin.


Civil Rights Act of 1964

Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.


Voting Rights Act of 1965

Passed by Congress and signed into law by President Johnson, the legislation outlawed literacy tests and other efforts to limit the right to vote based on race.


Hattie McDaniel Wins Oscar

In 1939, Hattie McDaniel wins Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Gone with the Wind.


March on Washington

Between 200,000 and 300,000 Americans gathered in D.C. for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This march protested the economic and legal racism experienced by black Americans.