It has been 60 years since the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 was signed into law.

The Civil Rights Bill was sent to the House Rules Committee in Nov. 1963. Chairman Howard Smith, D-Va., refused to grant a rule for the bill’s debate on the floor. Smith was a segregationist. He allowed the debate in January 1964 after the threat of a discharge petition and pressure from the public. H.R. 7152 was passed by the rules committee on Jan. 30, 1964. The bill passed the House in February by a vote of 290-130.

President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law on July 2, 1964, surrounded by civil rights leaders including, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A. Philip Randolph, and Dr. Dorothy Height.