President Kennedy addressed the nation on June 11, 1963, paraphrasing some of King’s own speeches and sent the proposed legislation to Congress eight days later. Kennedy was assassinated on November 23rd. President Johnson next told Congress that nothing could honor the slain president more than passage of the civil rights legislation. Congress passed the landmark civil rights legislation and President Johnson signed it on July 2, 1964 in the presence of eight Black leaders, including Dr. King and Mrs. Rosa Parks. President Johnson said, “those who are equal before God shall now be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide service to the public.” Civil Rights Act of 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the bill into law. Dr. King is standing directly behind the President.