H. RES. 1309
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 26, 2008
Mrs. Drake submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
Recognizing and honoring the 44th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and those who worked to achieve this goal.
Whereas the bedrock principle upon which this Nation was founded is that “all men are created equal”;
Whereas, to promote this fundamental principle, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was introduced on June 11, 1963, and was passed by a majority of at least 70 percent in both Houses of Congress, despite a filibuster in the Senate;
Whereas the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin, amended prior law to mandate that voting procedures be applied equally, and established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
Whereas July 2, 2008, marks the 44th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; and
Whereas the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 served as a loud proclamation by the American people that segregation and discrimination were no longer socially acceptable in the United States: Now, therefore, be it
That the House of Representatives recognizes and honors the 44th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all those who worked tirelessly to make this historic legislation the law of the land.