September 28, 2022

Why a lawmaker defied other Southerners and changed his mind on civil rights

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By Allan Smith From Business Insider President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago today, just hours after Congress formally approved the bill on a dramatic day for America. The height of that drama came when a then-36-year-old Congressman from Georgia named Charles Weltner explained in a “subdued voice […]