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Watch LBJ Sign The Civil Rights Act

On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark piece of civil rights legislation.

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On July 2, 1964, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The passage of the act prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

The act also ended segregation in public places such as swimming pools, libraries, and public schools.