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King just after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize
King just after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

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Voting for Change

The civil rights movement had a big year in 1964. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This law made it illegal to treat people differently because of the color of their skin when they were trying to buy a house, rent an apartment or go to a restaurant, for example. But passing this law did not always make things better for African-Americans.

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