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Civil Rights Act at 50
Charlotte forum offers perspective on law
Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:24 am
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte organizations and activists are marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 1.

“Civil Rights in America: Then and Now. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East Seventh St. The forum is sponsored by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Community Building Initiative, Levine Museum of the New South and Mecklenburg Ministries.

Speakers will give a historic and present-day perspective of the bill signed into law by president Lyndon Johnson that wiped out racial discrimination at public facilities. Among the featured speakers are:

• Civil rights attorney James Ferguson, who will give an overview of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

• Tom Hanchett, a historian at Levine Museum of the New South

• Dianne English, executive director at Community Building Initiative

• Theodore M. “Ted” Shaw, the Julius L. Chambers, director of the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC School of Law. He’s the second director of the center, which was founded by civil rights attorney Julius Chambers of Charlotte.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. RSVP for the event by emailing Renee Thompson at rthompson@charlottenc.gov or call (704) 336-2424. Registration can also be made through Eventbrite at http://eventbrite.com/e/civil-rights-in-america-then-and-now-tickets.


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