LBJ Library commemorates Civil Rights Act

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Credit: LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton

LBJ signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Date: 07/02/1964

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by TINA SHIVELY

WFAA

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 9:19 AM

AUSTIN -- Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, signed by president Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964. The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin is using some modern-day technology to mark the milestone: Twitter.

Staff members are tweeting out photos, videos and links to documents from the time. They'll also tweet out links to recorded telephone conversations pertaining to the Civil Rights Act.

The LBJ Library celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act earlier this year with an historic summit. Four presidents attended to commemorate the act's impact, which we still feel today.

The original Civil Rights Act is on display at the library as part of the "Cornerstones of Civil Rights" exhibit at the library. The act helped end legal discrimination based on race, gender, color, religion and national origin.

Many consider it the most significant law produced by the Civil Rights Movement.

You can follow along with events marked on the day the bill was signed by logging on to Twitter and following the handle @LBJlibrary.

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