The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made segregation of all public facilites illegal(restaurants, theaters, hotels, schools, libraries, etc.). It also prohibited disrimination in buisnesses and labor unions. This act was first discussed by president Kennedy in 1963. He asked congress to pass a new civil rights law, but unfortunately was assassinated before it became a law. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president and vowed to continue fighting for Kennedy's civil rights bill.