Civil Rights Act: 50 years later

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
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The summit seeks to examine the legacy of the law that former President Lyndon B. Johnson considered one of his biggest achievements.

AUSTIN, TX (WOAI) - It's been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Many say the act is perhaps Johnson's greatest achievement.

Now, 50 years later, civil rights leaders and former Presidents will convene to mark the Civil Rights Act's anniversary and discuss its legacy and future.

The Civil Rights Summit begins Tuesday at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. President Obama is expected to attend, as are three other former Presidents. President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker Tuesday evening; Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday and George W. Bush will speak Thursday evening. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination in public places based on race, ethnicity, religion or gender.

Other speakers include former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, rock singer Graham Nash and gospel singer Mavis Staples. Mayor Castro is expected to participate in a panel discussion on immigration.

The summit seeks to examine the legacy of the law that former President Lyndon B. Johnson considered one of his biggest achievements.

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