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July 02, 2013 8:39 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

49 years ago today, Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. A year earlier Sam Cooke released this song: “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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