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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

President Kennedy proposed Civil Rights Act of 1964
Zachariah Rivenbark at 12:00 AM ET

On June 11, 1963, US President John F. Kennedy proposed what would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a radio and television address to the American people. President Kennedy asked Congress to draft legislation to prohibit discrimination against Americans in public facilities. He also asked Congress to allow the federal government to take a more aggressive role in desegregating public schools and enforce the US Supreme Court ruling of Brown v. Board of Education. President Kennedy expressed concern over the "moral crisis" caused by racial inequality in the US, and asked whether the US could continue to advocate freedom across the globe when it had yet to do so at home. The Civil Rights Act was signed into law by US President Lyndon Johnson in July 1964, several months after President Kennedy was assassinated.

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