Forty-eight years ago today President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law banned discrimination in public
facilities, banned racial segregation in schools and established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to end workplace discrimination
And the law also abolished voter registration requirements that had systemically kept African-Americans from voting.
After signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Johnson told Americans:
“we have come to a time of testing. We must not fail.“Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant
differences and make our nation whole. Let us hasten that day when our unmeasured strength and our unbounded spirit will be
free to do the great works ordained for this nation by the just and wise God who is the father of us all.”