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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