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Civil Rights Act of 1964

Outlawing Discrimination...

Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964
 
President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Among the guests behind him is Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
 
      Lyndon B. Johnson promised the legislation in his Civil Rights speech.The bill was sent to Congress. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 would be proposed by Michael J. Mansfield. After his death, Johnson decided to use his power in Congress to make sure the bill would be approved. July 2, 1964 the bill was signed into law.
 
      The bill outlawed the following discriminations based on or in:
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Goverment
  • Public Facilities and
  • Employment.

      The abolishment of "Jim Crow" laws in the South were an outcome of the act.