Hundreds march through Knoxville to celebrate Civil Rights Act

Wednesday marked 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The landmark act opened the door for minorities across the country, forever changing the landscape of our country. The law outlawed discrimination, eliminated racial restrictions in public places, and strengthened voting rights.

The LBJ Presidential Library honored the anniversary by tweeting the bill signing as if it were live.

Hundreds of people honored the anniversary by marching through downtown Knoxville. Some wore giant costumes of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi.

One city councilman remembers the impact the Civil Rights Act had on his life.

"For me personally growing up here in Knoxville Tennessee it means a lot to reflect upon how far we have come as a people and to look into our future and see how far we need to go," said Dan Brown who represents the sixth district.

The march concluded at Mount Olive Baptist Church where Rabbi Israel Dresner and Freedom Rider Dorie Ladner spoke to the audience about their own civil rights experiences.


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