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date: 03 December 2022

Civil Rightslocked

Civil Rightslocked

  • Tanya Smith Brice, Tanya Smith BriceCouncil on Social Work Education
  • Denise McLane-DavisonDenise McLane-DavisonMorgan State University
  •  and Tyler A. BriceTyler A. BriceIndependent Scholar

Summary

Civil rights is the protection of citizens from infringement by governmental entities and the extension of basic rights. Civil rights are based on citizenship status. The 14th Amendment establishes U.S. citizenship that has been extended throughout history to different groups. Civil rights legislation is grounded in this question of citizenship. As social workers, it is important that we understand this relationship and advocate to continue broadening the constitutional promise of “equal protection under the laws” to all who reside within the United States.

Subjects

  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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