The Civil Rights Bill

On this day in 1964….

The Civil Rights Bill – one of the most important piece of legislation in American history – has become law.

US President Lyndon B Johnson signed the bill creating equal rights in voting, education, public accommodations, union membership and in federally assisted programmes – regardless of race, colour, religion or national origin.

The bill has caused much controversy since it was introduced last year by President John F Kennedy.

Comments

  1. #1 JanieBelle
    July 2, 2008

    This was a significant step along the path toward the formulation of civilization you once mentioned.

    It should be celebrated annually, with pomp and circumstance, as a beating back of the shadow of the unenlightenment that threatens us still today.

    Thank you for reminding of us of the history, Greg.