This Day in Black History: July 2, 1964

Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed into law.

Posted: 07/02/2012 07:00 AM EDT
President Lyndon Johnson signed into la4w the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 196

President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 1964. The legislation abolished segregation in businesses such as theaters, restaurants and hotels. It also banned discriminatory practices in employment and ended segregation in public places such as swimming pools, libraries and public schools. The act stands as the most far-reaching civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction Era.

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