I was a mere toddler when this event happened, but it was a critical one in determining the type of America I got to grow up in as an African-American child.
On this date in 1964, with the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr as one of the witnesses, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act into law.
It was the signature legislation of the Civil Rights Movement. The law barred segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 It fundamentally changed our country for the better with its passage and when the voting rights, fair housing, and other civil rights legislation was passed in its trailblazing wake followed by court cases that further validated, clarified and built upon that landmark legislation. .
Here's what President Johnson had to say about the Civil Rights Act at the time when he signed it.