Signing of the Civil Rights Act

Air Date: 07/02/1964
Source:
Universal Newsreel
Creator:
Ed Herlihy
Air/Publish Date:
07/02/1964
Event Date:
07/02/1964
Resource Type:
Newsreel
Copyright:
n/a
Copyright Date:
1964
Clip Length:
00:01:49

Congress passes the most sweeping Civil Rights Bill ever to be written into the law, and thus reaffirms the conception of equality for all men that began with Lincoln and the Civil War 100 years earlier.

Signing of Civil Rights Act

ED HERLIHY, narrator: 

Congress passes the most sweeping Civil Rights Bill ever to be written into the law, and thus reaffirms the conception of equality for all men that began with Lincoln and the Civil War 100 years ago. Five hours after the House passes the measure, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is signed at the White House by President Johnson. Before an audience of legislators and civil rights leaders who have labored long and hard for passage of the bill, President Johnson calls for all Americans to back what he calls, “a turning point in history.”

PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON: We must not approach the observance and enforcement of this law in a vengeful spirit. Its purpose is not to punish. Its purpose is not to divide, but to end divisions, divisions, which have lasted all too long. Its purpose is national, not regional. This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us to go to work in our communities and our states, in our homes and in our hearts, to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country. So, tonight I urge every public official, every religious leader, every business and professional man, every working man, every housewife, I urge every American to join in this effort to bring justice, and hope to all our people, and to bring peace to our land.

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