50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

A look back at the moments surrounding the signing of the historic document.

June 25, 2014, 9:39 a.m.

Fifty years ago, on Ju­ly 2, 1964, Pres­id­ent John­son signed the Civil Rights Act in­to law. After the as­sas­sin­a­tion of John F. Kennedy and work­ing with Mar­tin Luth­er King Jr., John­son vowed to con­tin­ue the fight for the his­tor­ic le­gis­la­tion.  

Troops from the 327th Regiment, 101st Airborne escorting the Little Rock Nine African-American students up the steps of Central High. Operation Arkansas: A Different Kind of Deployment Photo by Courtesy of the National Archives September 20, 2007 Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escort the Little Rock Nine students into the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. National Journal
Civil rights leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy. Photograph shows (left to right): Willard Wirtz (Secretary of Labor); Floyd McKissick (CORE); Mathew Ahmann (National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice); Whitney Young (National Urban Leage); Martin Luther King, Jr. (SCLC); John Lewis (SNCC); Rabbi Joachim Prinz (American Jewish Congress); A. Philip Randolph, with Reverend Eugene Carson Blake partially visible behind him; President John F. Kennedy;Walter Reuther (labor leader), with Vice President Lyndona Johnson partially visible behind him; and Roy Wilkins (NAACP). National Journal

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