TODAY IN HISTORY: Signing of Civil Rights Act (April 11, 1968)
On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson made history by signing the 1968 Civil Rights Act into law.
This was a landmark part of legislation in the United States that provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national origin and made it a federal crime to “by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone … by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin.”
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is commonly known as the Fair Housing Act and was meant as a follow‑up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
See President Johnson’s remarks about the significance of the Civil Rights Act below: