About the Program
Clay Risen, staff editor of The New York Times op-ed section, recounts the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The author recalls the arduous work involved in passing the legislation, which was marked by one of the longest filibusters in American history by opponents who sought to defeat the measure. Ultimately, Mr. Risen reports, it was the work of a multitude of supporters, including civil rights activists, politicians, lobbyists, and lawyers to push through the legislation that was signed by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964. Clay Risen speaks with historian Nell Irvin Painter at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.