Civil Rights Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Published 07/02 2014 11:11PM

Updated 07/02 2014 11:14PM

50 years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.

76% of Americans in a new CBS News poll consider the legislation a "very important" event in U.S. history.

There is no question that the effort inspired many to speak up for social justice, but only 5% think all of the goals of the Civil Rights movement have been achieved.

The President of the NAACP Peoria branch agrees with that 5%.
“Do we have a long way to go?” asks NAACP President Don Jackson. “We certainly do, but it's a job you just have to keep working at.”

Governor Pat Quinn commemorated the anniversary today by signing a new law to strengthen the Illinois African-American family commission.

The law is meant to help the commission address needs and develop programs surrounding African-Americans in Illinois.

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