Civil Rights

Civil Rights


After taking office, LBJ pledged support for President Kennedy's civil rights agenda. Fifty years ago on January 18, 1964, he met with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Oval Office to discuss civil rights strategy.

And on July 2, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, just 8 months after taking office. The far-reaching law included provisions to protect the right to vote, guarantee access to public accommodations, and withhold federal funds from programs administered in a discriminatory fashion.