Friday, April 11, 2014

CIVIL RIGHTS ACT - 50th Anniversary

"50 years on, honoring the Southern Democrat who spearheaded the Civil Rights Act" (Part-1) PBS NewsHour 4/10/2014


SUMMARY:  Half a century ago, Lyndon Johnson signed landmark legislation outlawing discrimination based on race, ethnicity and sex.  At a summit honoring this chapter of Johnson’s legacy, President Obama applauded the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for opening doors of opportunity for himself and other Americans, while former Presidents Clinton and Carter cautioned that challenges remain.  Gwen Ifill reports.

"How the Civil Rights Act pioneered anti-discrimination laws in America" (Part-2) PBS NewsHour 4/10/2014


SUMMARY:  President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago.  Gwen Ifill examines its legacy and unfinished business with President Johnson’s daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb, Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta, Ranjana Natarajan of the University of Texas School of Law, and former House Republican aide Robert Kimball.

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