June 18, 2014 6:21 PM

A witness to history in the making

I awoke June 19 in my Cambridge apartment to finish packing and to fly to Washington for a friend’s wedding. But my focus was really on Capitol Hill, where the U.S. Senate was in the last stages of debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It appeared that the roll call vote would take place that day and I wanted to be there.

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