LBJ Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Fifty Years Ago Today
On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, or sex in public accommodations such as hotels, theaters, parks, restaurants, and other public places.
The act also authorized the withdrawal of Federal funds from programs that practice discrimination. It discouraged job discrimination through the creation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, it authorized the Attorney General to bring lawsuits against schools practicing segregation, and made the Commission on Civil Rights a permanent organization.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act with Martin Luther King, Jr. and others behind him. East Room, White House. 7/2/64.
-from the LBJ Library
Plus more on the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
Don’t miss the new Civil Rights Act of 1964 Exhibit in Google’s Cultural Institute
Teaching resources at The Struggle for Rights in America, via DocsTeach