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November 22, 1963


President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas as his motorcade cruised down Elm Street. This was indeed a nightmare for the nation. Despite this loss, Kennedy's death helped to advance the goals of the Civil Rights movement. His successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson, persuaded Congress to pass the civil rights legislation that Kennedy had spoken about, but lacked the congressional support to move forward on. Johnson, an astute politician, used JFK's death and legacy to cajole lawmakers into signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a plethora of other laws that helped to lessen some of the political, social, and economic inequities so prevalent in American life.