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​The Civil Rights Act of 1964Photo of Rosa Parks sitting on a bus

The act simply states: "To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the attorney General to institute suits to project constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes."


​Getting Started

The National Archives​ provides a link to a digital copy of the Act as well as an overview of the law.   The site also has links to other resources including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website.

 
The Dirksen Congressional Center offers a Case History of the Act, including social conditions, political factors, sources of legislation, history of debate in the House and Senate, and more.  The article also includes links to digital copies of primary resources, such as Senator Dodd's letter introducing the bill.

 
In addition​ to an overview article, History.com offers brief videos exploring the lives of Rosa Parks and President Lyndon B. Johnson. The site also provides audio files, including President Johnson addressing the nation before signing the act.​

 
C-SPAN provides Universal Newsreel footage titled “Civil Rights: President Signs Historic Bill.”  Related video on the site includes the 1963 March on Washington, integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, and Thurgood Marshall’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967.

 

 
In a collection titled "Civil Rights Act, 50 Years Later," CNN​ offers a number of articles, video interviews and historic images.  The site includes an interview with Luci Baines Johnson (President Johnson's daughter), an article revealing "5 Things You Didn't Know About the 1964 Civil Rights Act," and a gallery of iconic images.​

 
​The LBJ Presidential Library Digital Archives​ provides online access to documents, oral history transcripts, audio and video files and telephone conversation recordings concerning “LBJ and Civil Rights.”  The site also offers information about The Civil Rights Summit conducted at the library in April 2014.

 

Learn More

Choose from this list of books about The 1964 Civil Rights Act​.

The 36th President of the United Stales​, Lyndon Baines Johnson worked to pass wide-ranging and society-changing legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The ​LBJ list​ provides a selection of books that examine his life and legacy.


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