Profile America — Wednesday, April 11th. Forty-four years ago today, the Civil Rights Act became law. At the ceremony, President Johnson said: "The proudest moments of my presidency have been times such as this when I have signed into law the promises of a century." The event occurred one week to the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Among its provisions, the act protected civil rights workers, expanded the rights of American Indians and established measures to end discrimination in housing. Across the U.S., there are more than 76 million owner-occupied housing units. African-Americans live in 6.5 million of these homes, and Hispanics in slightly fewer. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 213 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 991
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