The King Center is partnering with the EEOC, the Georgia Department of Justice, the Georgia Department of Labor and other organizations in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a program and information fair on Friday, July 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at the King Center's Freedom Hall Auditorium in downtown Atlanta.
The program, "The Civil Rights Act @ 50: Looking Back/Moving Forward," will feature King Center CEO Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King; and,luminaries such as Ambassador Andrew Young, Dr. C.T. Vivian, Dr. Joseph Lowery, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. In addition, esteemed musicians Lily Patel, Terence Harper, Marshall Isseks, James Robertson, Terry Harper, Dishan Harper, and Henry Conerway II will perform. Monica Pearson is the emcee for the event.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ushered in a new wave of democracy and freedom. It also confirmed a national shift for human rights. It proved to be historic legislation which profoundly transformed America for the better in a myriad of ways.
The Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in attendance.
"Despite the difficulties and obstacles that remain on our path to the Beloved Community of my father¹s dream, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made possible tremendous strides toward a more just nation," said Dr. Bernice A. King.
In addition to barring unequal application of voter registration requirements, the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin in hotels, motels, restaurants, theaters, and all other public accommodations engaged in interstate
commerce; Prohibits state and municipal governments from denying access to public facilities on grounds of race, color, religion or national origin; Prevents discrimination by government agencies that receive federal funds.
The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Doors open at 9 a.m.