Civil Rights Act of 1964 President Johnson signs

President Lyndon Johnson signs into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Beginning Friday and continuing through next week, a series of Arizona events marks the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Phoenix events are covered in some detail on a dedicated Facebook page. They include:

  • The unveiling of a commemorative mural, Burton Barr Library, Friday, 10 a.m.
  • Voter registration/civic engagement event, State Capitol lawn, Saturday, 9 a.m.
  • Celebration dinner, First Institutional Baptist Church, Saturday, 5 p.m.
  • Community celebration, Carver Museum and Cultural Center, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Civil Rights Act of 1964 newspaper headlineAs the site describes the legislation:

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as ‘public accommodations’).”

“Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years. Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the United States Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce under Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment. The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964 at the White House.”

Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.)

Judge Nancy Gertner (ret.)

Here is some news from the UA Law School about an event this Friday:

Nancy Gertner, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and retired US District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts, will deliver the 7th Annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture at Arizona Law on Friday, November 8.  In her lecture, Judge Gertner will discuss how she believes the courts have undermined the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Losers’ Rules: Judicial Repeal of the Civil Rights Act of 1964”

Friday, November 8, 2013

2:30–3:30 p.m.

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Ares Auditorium (Room 164)

1201 E. Speedway, Tucson, Arizona

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reserve a seat online here or send an email to Visitor parking is available for a fee at several parking garages near campus. A visitor parking map is available here.

GERTNER-InDefenseOfWomenJudge Gertner was appointed to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. She retired from the bench in 2011, when she joined the faculty at Harvard Law School. She has written and spoken widely on legal issues concerning civil rights, civil liberties, employment, and criminal justice and is a renowned advocate for women’s rights.

Her numerous  honors include the Women’s Bar Association’s highest award, The Lelia Robinson Award, and being only the second woman (after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg) to receive the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.

Judge Gertner is the author of In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate.