Do you remember the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

BY Colleen Shalby  June 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM EST
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr. and others look on. East Room, White House, Washington, D.C. Photo by Cecil Stoughton

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr. and others look on. East Room, White House, Washington, D.C. Photo by Cecil Stoughton

Fifty years ago this July, President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act that outlawed discrimination pertaining to race, sex, religion and origin.

The act was a landmark piece of civil rights legislation, much like the Voting Rights Act that would follow in 1965.

PBS NewsHour has already started exploring the legacy of the Civil Rights Act. We’ve spoken with professors, politicians, even President Johnson’s daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb. Now, we want to hear from you.

We’re asking: Do you or someone you know remember when the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964? How did its passage change your life or community? Did it?

To share your story, call our oral history hotline at 703-594-6727. You can also email us with your story and a photo at NewsHour64 [at] gmail [dot] com. Please include your name and location, and your story might be featured on our website.

Questions? Feel free to email Colleen Shalby at cshalby [at] newshour [dot] org.