The struggle for racial equality in Denver, 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964
The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 falls on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. The act paved the way for affirmative action and further desegregation in schools and workplaces across the country. In Denver the African American community faced harsh discrimination and violence throughout their struggle to achieve racial equality. With photos from The Denver Post archive, here is a glimpse of what it was like to be black in Denver at the time of the civil rights movement and following the signing of the act.
NOV 3 1968 - Clenched fist raised, Black Panther Lauren Watson denounces Dist. Atty. Mike McKevitt and the Denver Police Department at rally. (Bill Wunsch/The Denver Post)