Above: Video of President Lyndon B. Johnson commenting on the Civil Rights Act
Murfreesboro City Councilman Ron Washington reminded WGNS that July is historic not only for Independence Day, but also because July 2nd, marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act. The law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It also ended the use of seperate “whites only” and “colored” restrooms. Schools could no longer be divided among the different races and the unequal application of voter registration requirements was no longer true. The segregation of water fountains, movie theater seating and more could no longer occur with the Civil Rights Act in place.
July 2nd is a very significant date in history.