The 55th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Johnson speaking to a camera during the signing of the Civil Rights Act, 1964.

The Civil Rights Act under President Johnson celebrates its 55thanniversary today, and through its passing on July 2nd, 1964, the United States took a significant legislative step towards the equal opportunity of all of her citizens in the aspects of voting, access to healthcare, education, transportation, and employment.The content of the bill is split into eleven titles, each aimed at a specific issue the bill was meant to tackle. For example, title 1 of the act, encompasses voting rights and the elimination of discriminatory policies such as literacy tests and poll taxes, which prevented minority groups from voting, or take title 4, which took on the desegregation of public schools.The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a great step towards equality in the US, but we still had a long way to go then, as we do now. 

Attached is a link to a political add from the campaign of Humphrey-Muskie, which particapted in the 1968 presidential election, losing to Nixon. The add focuses on Humphrey's support of civil rights, and displays an attitude amongst some Americans following Johnson's recusment from the election that his goal of civil rights advancement would become a party direction for the following years. 

  1. "Transcript of Civil Rights Act (1964)" Retrieved July 2nd, 2019
  2. Photo of LBJ speaking to a camera during the signing of the bill, 1964, O. J. Rapp - (Lyndon Baynes Johnson Library & Museum photo archive, serial number C522-2-WH64