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This Day in Georgia History

July 02, 1964

MLK Witnessed Signing

Martin Luther King, Jr. was invited to the Oval Office of the White House for President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. King stood immediately behind the president during the ceremony.

See also:

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Chamber of Commerce president Opie L. Shelton urging businesses to comply with the 1964 Civil Rights Act in Atlanta, Georgia, from the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, and the Civil Rights Digital Library

Clifford “Baldy” Baldowski Editorial Cartoon which mentions the “Civil Rights Law.” Image from Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, The University of Georgia Libraries