Civil Rights

This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us to go to work in our communities and our States, in our homes and in our hearts, to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country.

So tonight I urge every public official, every religious leader, every business and professional man, every workingman, every housewife—I urge every American—to join in this effort to bring justice and hope to all our people—and to bring peace to our land. -Remarks upon Signing the Civil Rights Bill (July 2, 1964)

This exhibit introduces visitors to the Civil Rights legislation passed by LBJ during his administration. It includes the desk on which he signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, an interactive table illustrating the passage of a bill, and letters from those who benefited from Head Start and other social programs.

July 2, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Events are being planned throughout the country to commemorate this historic event. View a list of some of these events.

Then & Now

Did You Know…

Many of today's laws, acts, and social programs are the result of legislation passed during LBJ's presidency. Here are some: Highway Beauty, Clean Air, Aid to Appalacia, Community Health Services, Affirmative Action, Truth in Practicing, Bail Reform, International Education, Age Discrimination, Flammable Fabrics, College Work Study, Anti-Racketeering, and Fair Federal Juries. Read more here.

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