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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law
Zachariah Rivenbark at 12:00 AM ET

On July 2, 1964, US President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. The Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or gender in places of public accommodation and employment. The act's many titles include the protection of voting rights, providing injunctive relief against discrimination in places of public accommodation, requiring desegregation at public facilities and in public education and establishing the Civil Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC). According to President Johnson, the purpose of the Civil Rights Act was "to promote a more abiding commitment to freedom, a more constant pursuit of justice, and a deeper respect for human dignity" and see that "the only limit to a man's hope for happiness...shall be his own ability."

US President Lyndon Johnson

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