Wednesday marks 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

By: NewsCenter16 Staff
By: NewsCenter16 Staff

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

By signing the act into law, Presdent Lyndon B. Johnson changed America as it was known, opening doors for not just blacks, but women and other minorities as well.

The law eliminated racial restrictions in public places, strengthened voting rights, and outlawed discrimination.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landmark signing, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas has been tweeting the events of that day as if they were unfolding live.

The tweets include photos, videos and links to documents and phone conversations.

A local man had his boots on the ground during the civil rights movement. Notre Dame's own president emeritus, Father Theodore Hesburgh, was a charter member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, created in 1957.

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