Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Quotes (2 quotes)
16 inspiring quotes from the civil rights movement
When John F. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis, men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right.
Today, the Civil Rights Act of is celebrated across the United States and its historical virtue extolled in textbooks. Fifty years ago, however, as it made its way through Congress, the landmark legislation was intensely polarizing. Robert Byrd D-W. President Lyndon B. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.
A lot of people say a lot of things. President Lyndon B. Their M. In fact, tomorrow marks the year anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was signed by President Johnson and broke the barriers that prevented African Americans from exercising their rights to vote. And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one.
In an 11 June speech broadcast live on national television and radio, President John F. The earlier Civil Rights Act of , the first law addressing the legal rights of African Americans passed by Congress since Reconstruction, had established the Civil Rights division of the Justice Department and the U. Civil Rights Commission to investigate claims of racial discrimination. Eisenhower and John F. The civil rights legislation that Kennedy introduced to Congress on 19 June addressed these issues, and King advocated for its passage. They summed up everything in a word—NOW. What is the content of NOW?
Race to race, the Republicans are putting up candidates that are quite far out of the mainstream in terms of should we have passed the Civil Rights Act or does Social Security need to exist. Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole. No Republican questions or disputes civil rights. I have never wavered in my support for civil rights or the civil rights act.