Civil Rights Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Civil Rights Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Signed in by Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago
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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