Honoring the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
WASHINGTON, DC – The Civil Rights Act is celebrating its golden anniversary.
Exactly 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the act intended to help end discrimination based on race.
Vice president Joe Biden honored the momentous anniversary in his audio series “Being Biden.”
“It said that you cannot discriminate in employment, in housing, in a whole range of other things allowing people to pursue their dreams,” he said.
LBJ’s own presidential library in Austin celebrated their namesake’s big day by tweeting the timeline of events on July 2, 1964, from breakfast with the First Lady at 9 a.m., to the official signing shortly before 7 p.m.
So after all these years, have we really achieved the dream of an equal society?
“Let’s just hope we continue to strive to be better in our race relations and the way we treat people,” Houstonian Cheryl Polson said.
We’ve come a long way over the past five decades, but it seems there’s always room for improvement.