The Civil Rights Act became law 50 years ago today. Here’s how The Washington Post covered it.

July 2, 2014

Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here's a look at how The Washington Post covered its passage.

July 3, 1964

It had been a bill a long-time in the making, first introduced during the Kennedy presidency and debated on Capitol Hill for months.

March 8, 1964

The Post ended its July 3 editorial with the sentence, "There is now a fateful choice for Southerners -- a choice between defiance or acceptance of the law of the land."

July 3, 1964
July 3, 1964

Many editorials in the South had a different tone.

July 4, 1964

There were even Civil Rights Act explainers.

June 20, 1964
June 20, 1964

It was also very clear that the Civil Rights Act was not going to solve the problems it sought to address immediately -- or even decades after.

July 4, 1964
July 4, 1964

Here's a glimpse of the story The Post ran after the Civil Rights Act's 25th anniversary.

July 2, 1989

Even though the work was far from done, President Lyndon B. Johnson still felt he deserved a short break from politics.

July 4, 1964
Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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