Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content at the RNS Archives website.
(1964) A U.S. Senate vote to launch formal debate on the House-passed Civil Rights Bill was received happily by supporters of the legislation. Victory signs, celebrating rejection of Southern senators' attempts to delay debate by subjecting the bill to committee hearings are made by (left to right): Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Sen. Philip A. Hart, key legislative leaders; the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Religion News Service file photo