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Congress and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Equal treatment of all Americans, regardless of race, was a major debate for decades in the U.S. Congress. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy urged Congress to take action. Passage of the act was not easy. Explore the key moments for the Civil Rights Act here.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Address to a Joint Session of Congress, November 27, 1963

Discharge Petition to Move the Civil Rights Bill Out of the Rules Committee, December 12, 1963

Excerpt of H.R. 7152 with Amendments, 1964

Cloture Motion for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, June 10, 1964

Roll Call Tally on Civil Rights Act 1964, June 19, 1964

Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964


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