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Alabama St. celebrates 50th anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Wednesday marked the 50th Anniversary of the landmark signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

By signing the act into law President Johnson opened doors for African Americans as well as women and other minorities.

The law outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

The law also eliminated racial restrictions in public places and strengthened voting rights.

Alabama State University celebrated the historic moment on Wednesday with a roundtable discussion. Historians, community members, and civil rights activists all took part in the discussion.

The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, TX. also honored the anniversary by tweeting the events of that day in 1964 as if they were happening now.

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