Civil Rights Act of 1964

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"We believe that all men are created equal -- yet many are denied equal treatment. We believe that all men have certain inalienable rights. We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty -- yet millions are being deprived of those blessings, not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skins.

The reasons are deeply embedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. We can understand without rancor or hatred how all this happens. But it cannot continue. Our Constitution, the foundation of our Republic, forbids it. The principles of our freedom forbid it. Morality forbids it. And the law I sign tonight forbids it...." - President Lyndon Johnson, July 2, 1964

Editor's Note
Unlawful Employment Practices
Other Unlawful Employment Practices
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Enforcement Provisions
Civil Actions by the Attorney General
Effect on State Laws
Investigations, Inspections, Records, State Agencies
Investigatory Powers
Posting of Notices; Penalties
Veterans' Special Rights or Preference
Rules and Regulations
Forcibly Resisting the Commission or its Representatives
Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinating Council
Effective Date
Employment by Federal Government
Special Provisions with respect to Denial, Termination, and Suspension of Government Contracts

Complete Text of Civil Rights Act of 1964