The Source: Civil Rights Act 50 Years Old

Apr 7, 2014

  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law July 2, 1964. It was the result of a hundred years of discrimination, hundreds of sit-ins and non-violent protests, and a political battle as large as the shift in history the act would prove to have. 

A civil rights summit begins tomorrow in Austin at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library featuring four living U.S. presidents and celebrates the act and the progress the country has made since. 

What is the place of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in our nation's history? 


  • Todd Purdum, author of "An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, And The Battle Of The Civil Rights Act of 1964"
  • Clay Risen, author of "The Bill Of The Century: The Epic Battle For The Civil Rights Act"

*This is the second segment in the April 7 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM -- audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.