Civil Rights Act turns 50 On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The landmark law was a turning point in American history, as it addressed discrimination and ... more 
Civil Rights Act turns 50 On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The landmark law was a turning point in American history, as it addressed discrimination and segregation on a national level. The act’s opening paragraph started the end of a struggle over civil rights, federal power and the Constitution that began in the Civil War’s aftermath. “To enforce the constitutional right to vote, to confer jurisdiction upon the district courts of the United States to provide injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations, to authorize the Attorney General to institute suits to protect constitutional rights in public facilities and public education, to extend the Commission on Civil Rights, to prevent discrimination in federally assisted programs, to establish a Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity, and for other purposes,” the paragraph read. President Johnson, in a dramatic moment, addressed the nation about what appeared to be a turning point in American history. (Photos via Getty Images) Read more on Yahoo News and visit our Photos page for the latest slideshows. less 
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