Civil Rights Bill Signed by Johnson

US Herald I July 3, 1964

Bill of the Century?

Yesterday, on a Thursday afternoon, almost one year after the assassination of pro-civil rights movement President John F. Kennedy, a landmark legislation was signed into effect by President Lyndon B. Johnson. After the longest filibuster in history, which lasted 83 days, the bill was signed four and a half hours after the House ruled 289 to 126 in favor of approving the Civil Rights Act. White House staff are calling the Act the "most sweeping civil rights bill since Reconstruction." In a statement made by the President he requested that all Americans "close the springs of racial poison." This law will be the most important civil rights legislation to be enacted by Congress in over a century, and because of this, many are now calling the Act the "Bill of the Century."

What effect will the Civil Rights Act have on the nation?

This question weighs heavily on the minds of America's citizens, but the simple answer is that the Bill aims to bring equality to all people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, and gender. The Bill essentially declares all attempts at segregation to be illegal, and created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to aid in lawsuits on behalf of discriminated workers. Federal funds cannot be used to aid any discriminatory programs, and the Office of Education has been charged with assisting in the desegregation of schools nationwide. Experts say that this legislation won't fix everything, but they agree that this is a major step forward for all Americans. Only time can truly tell how this legislation will affect the future of America.