On the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
The Blue Boat presents a collection of reporting on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Acts. – Ed.
On July 2, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination and gave the federal government the power to desegregate public schools.
July 2, 2014: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – The most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. The law also provides the federal government with the powers to enforce desegregation. Earlier in 1964, the 24th Amendment abolishes the poll tax, originally instituted in 11 southern states to make it difficult for blacks to vote.