I am about to sign into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I want to take this occasion to talk to you about what the law means to every American. We believe that all men are created equal. Yet many are denied equal treatment. We believe that all men have certain inalienable rights. Yet many Americans do not enjoy these rights. We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty. Yet millions are being deprived of those blessings- not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skin. But it cannot continue. Our Constitution, the foundation of the Republic, forbids it. Morality forbids it. And the law I sign tonight forbids it. …..
Its purpose is not to punish. Its purpose is not to divide, but to end divisions-divisions which have lasted too long. Its purpose is national, not regional. Its purpose is to promote a more abiding commitment to freedom, a more constant pursuit of justice, and a deeper respect for human dignity. We will achieve these goals because most Americans are law-abiding citizens who want to do what is right.
~ Lyndon Johnson 1908-1973 35th President of the United States
Historical Age: Age of Reason, 1650-1950; Astrological Age, Pisces 1 AD – 2000; Sun Sign Virgo.