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The Civil Rights Act: What JFK, LBJ, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X had to say
The Civil Rights Act: What JFK, LBJ, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X had to say

Today, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 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. Debate on the bill in the Senate lasted 114 days, longer than any other in the chamber's history, and included a 14-hour filibuster by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.V.). President Lyndon B. Johnson even acknowledged the bill's potential political consequences, telling Kennedy aide Ted Sorensen that "I know the risks are great and we might lose the South, but those sorts of states may be lost anyway." The following quotes come from the lead-up,...

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