Civil Rights Act of 1964


President John F. Kennedy proposes a civil rights bill during his Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights.

June 11, 1963

President Kennedy submits bill H.R. 7152 to the House of Representatives.

June 19, 1963

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in support of H.R. 7152.

October 15, 1963

A version of the bill passes from the House Judiciary Committee on to the House Rules Committee.

November 20, 1963

Lee Harvey Oswald assassinates President John F. Kennedy.

November 22, 1963

President Lyndon B. Johnson, speaking before a Joint Session of Congress.

November 27, 1963

The House adjourns with the bill still in committee.

December 1963

The House Rules Committee debates the bill.

January 1964

The bill passes the House.

February 10, 1964

In a 73 to 27 vote, the Senate adopts an amended bill, which is sent back to the House.

June 19, 1964