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Civil Rights Act of 1964 Equal Opportunity Law LBJ Signed July 2 The Struggle Continues

The most prominent civil rights legislation since Reconstruction is the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI protects equal opportunity and human dignity, and bans discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs and activities such as schools, parks, pools, beaches, and transit by recipients of federal financial assistance. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on gender as well. Other sections prohibit discrimination in public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, and stores.

An advisor told President Lyndon Johnson they shouldn’t waste his power on the bill because there was no chance it would pass. “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?” LBJ replied. LBJ broke the longest filibuster in US history by Southern senators. Hours after signing the bill, LBJ said ”I think we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come.” This explains the Republican Southern Strategy from Nixon to the present.

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