Civil Rights Act of 1964
Despite the Supreme Court decision, political leaders like Georgia Senators Richard Russell and Herman Talmadge successfully stonewalled federal civil rights legislation. In June 1963, President Kennedy proposed a law to end discrimination in voting, public accommodations, schools, and hiring. President Lyndon Johnson continued the great work.
After Kennedy's assassination, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed by a wide bi-partisan margin despite fierce Southern opposition in the House and one of the longest debates in Senate history.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looked on, President Johnson signed the historic Civil Rights Act into law and redefined America’s social order on July 2, 1964, Today in Georgia history.
The 1964 debate on civil rights lasted a total of more than 83 days, 730 hours and had taken up almost 3,000 pages in the Congressional Record.