The Civil Rights Act of 1964

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Civil Rights Act—prohibiting racial discrimination in employment and segregation in public places. Throughout the struggle for equality and freedom, a central theme behind the civil rights movement came from Genesis 1:27, which says that all human beings are “created in the image of God.” Kevin L. Smith, PhD, and Martin Luther King Jr. wrote: “The Bible was central to the energy of the Civil Rights Movement . . . preachers and laypersons read from its pages. In public disputes, everyday people quoted its promises and its truth regarding the dignity of all humanity, regardless of skin color."

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