Civil Rights: For the Long Tomorrow

With Lyndonesque panache, Kentucky's Governor Edward Breathitt last week signed a state civil rights bill beneath a huge bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in the capitol rotunda at Frankfort, then handed out 40 pens as mementoes of the occasion. He had reason to be proud.

The Kentucky measure, first civil rights law to be adopted by any state south of the Ohio, goes further toward banning discrimination in public accommodations and hiring practices than the 1964 federal law. It opens to Negroes all public facilities except barbershops, beauty shops and private clubs, guarantees fair employment standards to the 90% of...