Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Celebrates Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Birmingham, Ala._It was 50 years ago today that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a law that would bar discrimination in restaurants, public facilities and even at the voting polls.{}

{}{}{}{}Today, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will celebrate the Civil Rights Act's anniversary by bringing together a host of speakers and panelists. Included in that list is Joyce White Vance, US Attorney - Northern District of Alabama; Delner Franklin-Thomas, District Director US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Richard Schwein - Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Birmingham Division; and Michael German - Field Office Director, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

{}{}{}{}The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute issued this statement regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

{}{}{}{}"The signing of the Civil Rights Act was a watershed moment for the nation. Its 50th anniversary invites us to revisit not only its success, but also the continued need for the act to ensure that the most vulnerable members of society continue to have access to the American dream."

{}{}{}{}The program starts at 8:00 a.m. and it will be held in the Woods Community Meeting Room at B.C.R.I.