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June 28, 2004


Civil Rights Act turns 40 on July 2

The signing of the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson is a watershed event in the history of the United States.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Act the LBJ School has released a collection of quotes, personal recollections and historical outtakes from fifty veteran and contemporary civil rights leaders, elected officials, journalists and academics. (Download collection in PDF format)

Contributors include movement leaders Congressman John Lewis, Freedom Ride organizer Diane Nash and National Council of La Raza president Raul Yzaguirre; journalists Dan Rather and Bill Raspberry; and current-day advocates such as James Zogby of the Arab-American Institute, Karen Narasaki of the National Asian-Pacific American Legal Consortium, gay rights advocate Tim McFeeley, and Lex Frieden of the National Council on Disability. The remarks were transcribed from the proceedings of a national civil rights symposium held at UT Austin last March.

In coming weeks, the LBJ School will release a nine-part DVD collection of the conference proceedings titled, "Civil Rights From Black & White To Color." It features in depth analysis on how the Act has transformed America over the past 40 years, and takes a critical look the work that remains to be done, particularly in the areas of social services, education, criminal justice and voting rights. It also examines emerging civil rights challenges, changing definitions of race and diversity and the need for a recommitment to social justice in America.

Related Links:

Background information on the Civil Rights Act of 1964

UT web feature: From Black and White to Color: Despite progress, obstacles remain on road to equal rights, scholars say

"Shifting Boundaries" by LBJ School Dean Edwin Dorn

New LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights to be presented March 25

LBJ Library and Museum

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