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Tell Us: How Far Have We Come Since Landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Today is an important anniversary in America’s battle for equality for all citizens, a battle that began in 1776 when “a small band of valiant men began a long struggle for freedom.”

An important milestone was reached in the civil rights act 50 years ago today, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Photo: commons via Wikimedia)
An important milestone was reached in the civil rights act 50 years ago today, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Photo: commons via Wikimedia)

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation that the Daily Beast called his “last miracle.”

His signature on the legislation followed more than three tumultuous decades of struggles tby African-Americans to gain equality.

Tell Us:

  • How far have we come in 50 years? What civil rights battles still need to be fought?

When Johnson signed the Act in a nationally televised address, he drew a comparison between the civil rights movement and the events that led to the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

“One hundred and eight-eight years ago this week,” he said, “a small band of valiant men began a long struggle for freedom.”

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Tova Gornbein July 02, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Gee, let's ponder that question. We have an African American president, who is regularly taunted, by racial labels and slurs. Sadly, we STILL have a long way to go!
Joseph Borrajo July 02, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Don't forget "Voter-Suppression by Republicans targeting African-Americans. The Tories still have a plantation mindset. P3
DianeKH July 04, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Gee, let's ponder that question. We HAVE an African American president.
Robert July 05, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Black community under Obama; 60% illiterate, 80% born out of wedlock, 79% black males will end up in prison, 35% unemployed, 30% on welfare, 90% on some sort of government assistance, 98% voted for Obama. I guess Johnson got what he wanted, the democrates own protected who will vote for them no matter how bad things get.

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