Read the Civil Rights Bill of 1963

Read the Civil Rights Bill of 1963

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964.

The Civil Rights Bill was sent to the House Rules Committee in Nov. 1963. Chariman Howard Smith, D-Va., refused to grant a rule for the bill's debate on the floor. Smith was a segregationist. He allowed the debt in Jan. 1964 after threat of a discharge petition and pressure from the public. H.R. 7152 was passed by the rules committee on Jan. 30, 1064. The bill passed the house in February by a vote of 290-130.

Read the groundbreaking Civil Rights bill, known as House Resolution 7152. Image embedded from the Library of Congress.

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Courtesy: Library of Congress