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#TodayInPolitics (July 02, 1964) US Civil Rights Act Passed Into Law

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Stephen Roan
Stephen Matthew S. Roan is a Global Affairs Columnist at Politixxx Today. He previously served as Editor-in-Chief of The Bedan Roar, the official student publication of San Beda University-Rizal SHS. He was also a former Vice-President of the Bedan Model United Nations and a Student Council Board Member. With a keen interest in global politics and affairs, and as an advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, he is now part of a youth-led network in the Asia-Pacific - the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines - which helps realize the 2030 Agenda. He is also pursuing his undergraduate studies at De La Salle University-Manila under the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Major in American Studies degree program. You may reach him through his email: stephenmatthewroan@yahoo.com.

This day in 1964, the United States has signed into law the Civil Rights Act – the most historic and consequential legislation which sought to end dicrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or natural origin. The law guarantees equal voting rights by repealing policies that discriminate minorities and underprivileged, and also prohibits racial segregation and sexual discrimination. 

In televised signing event, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson used more than 75 pens in signing the law as mementoes with the first pens given to Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. The law as also a tribute to the late US Pres. John F. Kennedy as civil rights reform was one of his key campaign platforms. 

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