"Reluctantly"? Here's LBJ's speech to Congress urging them to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1965( less than a year after earlier versions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were 'watered down' enough to get passed) LBJ doesn't sound 'reluctant' at all! "I will send to Congress a law designed to eliminate illegal barriers to the right to vote….<quoted text>In 1957 it was Republican President Eisenhower who authored the Civil Rights Bill, hoping to repair the damage done to blacks and their civil rights by Democrats since 1892. The bill was initially blocked by Senate Democrats, voted against by (D)Senator JFK,(D) Al Gore, Sr., but finally passed significantly weakened due to lack of support by the sell out Democrats.
In 1960 Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen authored a voting rights bill to counter attacks by the KKK. The bill was passed in the face of Democrat attempts to block its passage.
The 1964 Civil Rights Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson reluctantly,
To those who seek to avoid action by their National Government in their home communities—who want to and who seek to maintain purely local control over elections—the answer is simple. Open your polling places to all your people. Allow men and women to register and vote whatever the color of their skin. Extend the rights of citizenship to every citizen of this land. There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights."