"Lyndon Johnson signing Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964" by Cecil Stoughton, White House Press Office (WHPO) - http://photolab.lbjlib.utexas.edu/detail.asp?id=18031. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

On this day 51 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. The landmark piece of legislation made it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or national origin. The passage of this law marked an historic step toward greater equality in the classroom, in workplace, in the voting booth, and in daily life.  More than half a century later, we continue our work to make good on the promises of this vital law and fight against attempts to roll back the victories of the Civil Rights movement.