Fifty years ago, today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction – what we know as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin. The law also ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and provided the federal government with the powers to enforce desegregation.
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The National Archives is honoring the occasion with 13 featured documents related to civil rights from President Herbert Hoover through President George W. Bush.
The National Archives has also partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to create a Historic Moments exhibit on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The LBJ Library in Austin, Texas, honored this historic legislation in April with The Civil Rights Summit a full schedule of programs that addressed the civil rights issues we face today. Among the attendees were President Obama and former presidents George W. Bush, Clinton, and Carter. View videos of their speeches and a Flickr photostream here.