1964 Civil Rights Act

President Johnson speaking to the nation from the White House prior to signing the Civil Rights Bill into law.

July 2 - Washington, DC - Considered by many activists to be the most important piece of civil rights legislation since 1875, the Civil Right s Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination in public accommodations, in employment and in any programs, educational or social, that received federal funding was passed by Congress and signed by President Johnson.