National Press Club

Purdum recounts political battle to pass 1964 Civil Rights Act, 6:30 pm July 8

June 25, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

Todd Purdum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico.

Todd Purdum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico.

As the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 approaches, the Book & Author Committee will hold a Book Rap featuring Todd Purdum, who will recount the political battle to pass it.

Purdum will discuss his book, “An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” and sign copies at 6:30 p.m. July 8 in the conference rooms.

Registration is required for this ticketed event, which is a fundraiser for the NPC Journalism Institute. Books must be purchased through the Club. No outside books or memorabilia permitted. All sales are final.

Purdum recreates the legislative maneuvering and the characters who made its passage possible. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen, Purdum shows how these officials managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Purdum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. He previously spent more than 20 years at The New York Times, where he served as diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief.