In America, we take hard-fought victories for granted. Think about voting rights. Or access to colleges and universities. How about the increasing diversity of our country, not to mention our colleges and universities?

Voting rights, money to attend college and diversity are so common today that many of us forget they were not always hallmarks of American identity. Rather, they are the result of bipartisan legislation known as the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Higher Education Act (HEA) and the Hart-Celler Act (HCA), which were motivated by the civil rights movement and college student activism. Together, these three pieces of equity-based legislation have produced innovations that have elevated America to prominence on the global stage.

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