June 19, 1964: The Senate Passes Civil Rights Act
On this day in 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Johnson on July 2.
The landmark act barred discrimination based on race, color, religion, or national origin in public facilities — such as restaurants, theaters, or hotels. Discrimination in hiring practices was also outlawed. For more information, visit Eyes on the Prize’s “Civil Rights Movement milestones.”