Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964

(via Right Scoop) 48 years ago yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen (Republican, Illinois) broke a 57 working day Democrat filibuster against the pending Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Senate Minority Leader Everett McKinley Dirksen (R, Ill.)

Racist Senator Robert C. Byrd (Democrat, West Virginia) sat down after speaking for fourteen hours and thirteen minutes against passage, and Senator Dirksen took the floor soon thereafter.  The Senate voted 71-29 to pass.  The House passed the Senate version, and LBJ signed the bill into law on July 2.

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