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Congress passes Equal Employment Opportunity Act, March 24, giving the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the power to file class-action lawsuits and extending its jurisdiction to cover state and local governments and educational institutions.

Nixon wins reelection on November 7. Andrew Young is elected to the House of Representatives from Georgia, and Barbara Jordan is elected to the House from Texas; they are the first African-Americans elected to Congress from the South since 1898.