Behind The Civil Rights Act


President Lyndon B. Johnson reaches to shake hands with Martin Luther King Jr. after presenting the civil rights leader with one of the 72 pens used to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (AP Photo, via NPR).

This Wednesday, WBHM and NPR are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law. Since then, the country's demographics have shifted, and the conversations about race and culture have continued.

NPR created an app that lets you explore the act in detail. In this project, journalists, lawyers and civil rights activists explore the historic legislation -- pulling the language out of history and telling us how it's relevant today. WBHM invites you to explore the app and learn more of the lesser-known aspects of the historic legislation.