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Harriet  Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery.

Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery.

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Fifty years ago, Congress delivered President Johnson a Civil Rights Bill, thanks in part to people like Viola Liuzzo

Fifty years ago, Congress delivered President Johnson a Civil Rights Bill, thanks in part to people like Viola Liuzzo

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Until the 1950s, signs like these were common markers of legally enforced laws of racial segregation in America. Racial segregation in the United States as a general term, included physical separation and provision of separate facilities, services, and opportunities such as housing, medical care, education, employment, and transportation along racial lines.

Until the 1950s, signs like these were common markers of legally enforced laws of racial segregation in America. Racial segregation in the United States as a general term, included physical separation and provision of separate facilities, services, and opportunities such as housing, medical care, education, employment, and transportation along racial lines.

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Huffington Post: March 17, 2015 - Civil rights bill top priority for LGBT voters, according to new poll

Huffington Post: March 17, 2015 - Civil rights bill top priority for LGBT voters, according to new poll

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Martin Luther King and Malcolm X only met once, on March 26, 1964 when both were attending Senate hearings for the Civil Rights Bill. #TodayInBlackHistory

Martin Luther King and Malcolm X only met once, on March 26, 1964 when both were attending Senate hearings for the Civil Rights Bill. #TodayInBlackHistory

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Looking Black On Today: In 1866 Black People Were Granted Citizenship When Congress Passed Civil Rights Bill of 1866

Looking Black On Today: In 1866 Black People Were Granted Citizenship When Congress Passed Civil Rights Bill of 1866

President Lyndon Johnson Signing the 1965 Civil Rights Bill, also known as the Voting Rights Act Premium Poster at AllPosters.com

President Lyndon Johnson Signing the 1965 Civil Rights Bill, also known as the Voting Rights Act Premium Poster at AllPosters.com

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During those twenty years Lyndon Johnson had never supported civil rights legislation—any civil rights legislation. In Senate and House alike, his record was an unbroken one of votes against every civil rights bill that had ever come to a vote: against voting rights bills; against bills that would have struck at job discrimination and at segregation in other areas of American life; even against bills that would have protected blacks from lynching.

During those twenty years Lyndon Johnson had never supported civil rights legislation—any civil rights legislation. In Senate and House alike, his record was an unbroken one of votes against every civil rights bill that had ever come to a vote: against voting rights bills; against bills that would have struck at job discrimination and at segregation in other areas of American life; even against bills that would have protected blacks from lynching.