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A half-century of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - its impact on the US & what still needs to be done


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law on July 2, 1964. While the Act did not eliminate discrimination against minorities, it opened the door to further progress by lessening racial restrictions on the use of public facilities, providing more job opportunities, strengthening voting laws, and limiting federal funding of discriminatory aid programs. And as evidenced by the recent events in Ferguson and resulting protests across the nation, there is more progress to be made. Here to discuss the history and impact of the 1964 Civil Rights Act are  Judge Nathaniel Jones (retired), who now practices with the law firm Blank Rome, and Freking & Betz attorneys Carrie Barron and Jon Allison.