Civil Rights

President Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act 55 years ago yesterday

President Lyndon Johnson shakes and hands out pens after signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is standing behind President Johnson. Photo by Cecil Stoughton, White House Press Office.

Using 74 pens, President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, 55 years ago. The Act outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, required equal access to public places and employment, and enforced desegregation of schools and the  right to vote.




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