President Lyndon Johnson 's Civil Rights Essay

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An attempt in 1964 was made by President Lyndon Johnson to respond to the demands of African Americans for equal rights. Fairness for all people was originally called for by former President John F. Kennedy in his civil rights speech of June 11, 1963. He requested for legislation “giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public: hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments”, as well as “greater protection for the right to vote” (Kennedy, John F., 1963). After John F. Kennedy’s assassination Lyndon Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress on November 27, 1963. He stated to lawmakers, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long” (Johnson, Lyndon, 1963). President Johnson asked for and received through Congress the most comprehensive civil-rights act to date. The move explicitly banned discrimination in education, voting, and the use of public facilities. The law was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by President Johnson on July 2, 1964.
The Civil Rights Act passed in 1964. This was a federal law that authorized federal action segregation in public accommodations, employment, and public facilities. The law was passed during the civil rights movement. President Lyndon Johnson influenced many hesitant members of Congress to back the law. For example, during…

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