President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, 1964

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

April 11th 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.   Equality for all, especially in education, was one of the cornerstones of the civil rights movement.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 greatly expanded civil rights protections, outlawing racial segregation in public places and places of public accommodation, funding federal programs, and encouraging desegregation in public schools.  It also outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and ended unequal application of voter registration requirements.

According to Robert Hutchings, dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Austin, “Civil rights is a broader issue that not only encompasses racial equity but also includes other issues inherent to civil rights such as education, health care, affordable housing and clean air among many others.”

During this time, let us take a moment to pause and examine how far we have come as a nation in the struggle for equality and what we still need to do to meet the challenges of achieving equity and equality for all Americans and realize the full promise of that groundbreaking legislation signed fifty years ago.

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