February 10

February 10, 1964 – The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

On February 10, 1964, the United States House of Representatives passed The Civil Rights Act of 1964 after 70 days of debate.

Lyndon Johnson signing Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964

President Lyndon Johnson signing The Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964 as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. looks on.

The Act made discrimination illegal on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex in public accommodations, employment, and programs that are federally funded. A substitute bill of this major piece of civil rights legislation was finally approved on June 19, 1964 by the United States Senate after a 50 day filibuster organized by senators from the south.

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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X meet before a press conference. Both men had come to hear the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was the only time the two men ever met; their meeting lasted only one minute.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Act into law on July 2, 1964.  Being a law and being an enforced law are two different things, it still took years for many areas of the country to abide by The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Tribute To Black History Month

December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950 – Carter Godwin Woodson

Carter G Woodson portrait

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson  began “Negro History Week” the forerunner to Black History Month. Dr. Woodson was a noted, historian, journalist, author and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.