5 things to know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act on its 50th anniversary

  • by: JESSE J. HOLLAND , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 2, 2014 - 3:30 PM

WASHINGTON — On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and public facility discrimination, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements.

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