50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241) was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964. The Act prohibits discrimination in public places, bans segregation in schools,and makes employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. It also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Learn more about the Civil Rights Act:


Brown at 60

The Supreme Court issued its decision in Brown v. Board of Education on May 17, 1954.

Please take a few minutes to view the library’s atrium display commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Brown decision. This exhibit includes historical images and highlights some of the library’s print materials related to Brown.  There are also numerous digital resources that may be of interest, including:


50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28 marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” Among the far reaching impact of this event was helping to pave the way for two significant legal changes: ratification of the Twenty Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (passed by Congress August 27, 1962, ratified January 23, 1964) which outlawed the poll tax, and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, desegregating public institutions and prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion.

In addition to the information about this anniversary that will be available from traditional news sources, here are few other resources that may be of interest: