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date: 27 June 2022

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This chapter examines the extent to which social justice in America has progressed since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from an organizational psychology perspective. In particular, it evaluates the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in relation to the progress Blacks have and have not made in the last five decades. It first considers the progress brought by the civil rights movement and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on attitudinal data and employment statistics. It then reviews the literature on organizational psychology and social justice, suggesting that America has achieved much when it comes to social justice but still has a long way to go. It proposes what an organizational psychologist’s social justice research agenda should look like, with emphasis on the need to more fully recognize the roles played by stereotypes and prejudices in employment discrimination. The article concludes with a few personal observations from the author.

Keywords: social justice, America, Civil Rights Act of 1964, organizational psychology, Blacks, civil rights movement, stereotype, prejudice, employment discrimination

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