President Johnson, during his time in office, proposed a strong civil rights bill that Kennedy supported; he also was succesful at his proposal to increase Federal aid to education; and he appointed the first African American to the Supreme Court.
-He proposed a strong civil rights bill that Kennedy supported.
Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which had been proposed by President Kennedy. This law prohibited racial discrimination in public facilities and in any business or institution receiving federal funds. Once the law was put into effect, its effects were far-reaching and had a huge long-term impact throughout the country. Discrimination was prohibited in public schools, in government, and in employment, invalidating the Jim Crow Laws in the southern United States.
-He was successful at his proposal to increase Federal aid to education.
Johnson fervently believed that education was a cure for ignorance and poverty, and was an essential component of the American dream, especially for the minorities who endured the bad facilities and low budgets on the part of the local administrations, especially in the deep South. He made education the top priority of the social agenda, with an emphasis on helping poor children, aiming to double federal education spending from 4 billion to 8 billion, which was aprooved in his second term.
-He appointed the first African American to the Supreme Court.
In 1967, Johnson nominated civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall to be the first African-American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
He established restaurants and stores for black patrons.