On This Day in 1964, Democrats Filibustered the Civil Rights Act

June 10, 1964, was a dramatic day in the United States Senate. For the first time in its history, cloture was invoked on a civil rights bill, ending a record-breaking filibuster by Democrats that had consumed fifty-seven working days. The hero of the hour was minority leader Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (R-Ill.).

On June 10, 1964, Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act.
Grand Old Partisan reported, via DANEgerus:

On this day in 1964, Everett Dirksen (R-IL), the Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate, condemned the Democrats’ 57-day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Leading the Democrats in their opposition to civil rights for African-Americans was Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd, who got into politics as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, spoke against the bill for fourteen straight hours. Democrats still call Robert Byrd “the conscience of the Senate.”

In his speech, Senator Dirksen called on the Democrats to end their filibuster and accept racial equality.

Michael Zak wrote about this in his book Back to Basics for the Republican Party and reminds us that Democrats, the party of Slavery, Secession, Segregation and the KKK… fought against equality.

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  • Matt

    Thank God they all became Republicans.

  • Tim in Cali

    There you go again..stating facts and telling the truth…

    Liberals can’t handle truth and you are aware of that

  • bg


    Thank You Mr. Zak

    scroll for more more here..


  • bg


    Matt #1 June 10, 2012 at 7:17 pm



  • Noovuss

    Does anyone really believe that by removing one mans rights that we are securing another mans rights? Do you really think that by removing private property rights that this is something to hang your hat on?
    Yes the Dems didn’t want the legislation for the wrong reasons, but the opposition to this was none the less correct.

  • http://politicalfeud.com DarthProphet

    Matt I didn’t know Bryd changed parties.. pretty sure he was a demOrat until the day he died. As well since when do those whom were defeated in the political arena join those that defeated them> Matt your an idiot and a tool of hate .. my you die a painful death resulting from broken bottles.

  • 1RedBeard

    Matt, thanks for the intellectually vacant talking point. Next time, try doing your homework before posting drivel, and you won’t seem quite so ignorant. You might start with this:


  • Liz

    If it weren’t for Republicans, we wouldn’t have a President Obama. Yikes.

  • bg


    DarthProphet #6 June 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    not smart to wish ill on anyone, especially in a public forum..

    it reflects badly on the host, as well as regular posters..

    and may your my not be karma..


  • mg4us

    Need to get the facts out about Civil rights and which party helped move it over the finnish line. .

    Most of my Dem friends believe that only Democrats were to be credited with Civil Rights. .

  • bg


    Liz #8 June 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    and if we all had crap for brains, you’d be a millionaire..


  • Patty

    Seems old habits have die hard, in today’s world there is more racial unrest about those who gained their freedom. You see, as I see it those who just happen to be in the Democratic Party still call on the race card when it seems anything isn’t going their way.

    It is like (with some) they use the race card for Obama care, Zimmerman and many other situations. And ACORN is the worse. And it seems Illegals, discrimination is part of this society in just about everything. Not that we want it or would discriminate but the socialists, occupiers, liberal in the media and even the DOJ.

    Many in the republican party worked diligently to stop inequality. After all these years it always creeps into our society and what a real shame that “some” just don’t feel justified. I feel like slamming my head against the wall when the so called leaders bring up race and how absolutely ridiculous they look when doing so.

  • MVH

    Thanks for posting this, Jim. A thorough knowledge of history keeps us aware of previous pitfalls. Otherwise, Santayana will be correct once again: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

  • Path

    I agree, most believe that the Democrats were the party who supported civil rights. It’s 180 from the truth and 99% of blacks have no clue about that fact.

  • Granny

    #10 June 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    mg4us commented:

    Need to get the facts out about Civil rights and which party helped move it over the finnish line. .

    Most of my Dem friends believe that only Democrats were to be credited with Civil Rights. .

    Funny, that isn’t the way I remember it – and I’m plenty old enough to remember it quite well. The Democrats were dead-set against Civil Rights – in 1865 and in 1965. Judging by their attempts to drum the One Drop Rule into today’s people of color, they still are.

  • Musingguy3

    Dirksen was a rockefellor republican. Opposition to the civil wrongs bill was bipartisan in the south. Texas republican senator voted against the bill too. Do your homework idiots

  • bg


    1RedBeard #7 June 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    nice link, thank you..


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  • bg


    actually, Ike had a lot to do with getting
    the civil rights act ball rolling so to speak..


  • mg4us

    Fully agree Granny #15. .
    Schools have Hijacked the history and put lies in the heads of our kids. .

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