On September 17, FSCJ hosted an event in remembrance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Originally drafted in 1868, Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment states that “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” This Amendment serves to protect the citizens in the United States, granting them equal opportunity.
Passed during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Civil Rights Act guarantees the provisions of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. This ensures no person will be discriminated against in the right to vote, be denied access to public accommodations, or be subject to unfair employer discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
Students were invited to enjoy refreshments, register to vote, and learn about the significance of this historical achievement. Student Sarah Harper stated, “I’m excited for this event, I hope I can get a better understanding of the Constitution. It’s definitely something everyone should know.”
FSCJ has recently partnered with TurboVote to provide students with the opportunity to stay informed and make their voice heard in local, state and presidential elections. The deadline to sign up for TurboVote in time for the general election is October 6. Students are encouraged to sign up at fscj.turbovote.org.