Nation: Opening the Doors

If, as Lyndon Johnson intended, the 1964 civil rights bill was a monument to John Kennedy, the measure that became law last week will stand in part as a memorial to Martin Luther King. The 1968 Civil Rights Act, opening some 80% of all the nation's housing to Negroes, should also endure as a major legislative landmark of the Johnson Administration. "The proudest moments of my presidency," said L.B.J. at the bill-signing ceremony in the White House, "have been such times as this when I have signed into law the promises of a century."...

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