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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