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The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

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The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

50 years ago today President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was the most sweeping piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. It banned Jim Crow laws and expanded voting rights. This week at the 43rd Annual Rainbow PUSH Convention activists are gathering in Chicago to commemorate the anniversary. They’re both remembering how far they’ve come and talking about how far they still have to go. WBEZ’s Kathy Chaney reports. Photo Credit: NPR

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