Laws cannot change the hearts of men, and we will not change the hearts of men by this law if indeed we are able to enact it.

Yet, I do not believe America will fall now or in the future, and I further believe this one great infirmity, this inconsistency in our national character and in our view of ourselves will in time be healed. Although the new law is not a solution, it is part of the solution and it is the part that we, the lawmakers, are responsible to provide. The rest must be provided in the churches, in the schools and in the consciences of the people. It is time for all Americans to be included in the American dream.


Statement in support of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Senate floor, 1963.