His signature on the legislation followed more than three tumultuous decades of struggles tby African-Americans to gain equality.
How far have we come in 50 years? What civil rights battles still need to be fought?
When Johnson signed the Act in a nationally televised address, he drew a comparison between the civil rights movement and the events that led to the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
“One hundred and eight-eight years ago this week,” he said, “a small band of valiant men began a long struggle for freedom.”