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President Johnson Signing the Civil Rights Act in the East Room

In this photograph taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act in the East Room of the White House. President Johnson is flanked by members of Congress and civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rep. Peter Rodino of New Jersey standing behind him. The bill prohibited job discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin, ended segregation in public places, and the unequal application of voting requirements. Stoughton was the first official White House photographer and covered the Kennedy administration to the early years of the Johnson administration.
Cecil Stoughton
Date of Work
July 2, 1964
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum/NARA