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Charlotte Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

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We all enjoy the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of color, sex, race or religion. But these rights have only been legally ours for 50 years. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 civil rights act, and for many that's something to celebrate.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries and the city's Community Relations Committee came together to plan an event to commemorate the anniversary. They put together a panel of speakers to host a discussion at the Wells Fargo Playhouse in Uptown, and hosted a brief reception beforehand.

"As we were actually planning this, we were thinking we would be fortunate to have maybe 100 people or so.... We have to date almost 400 people to RSVP," said CRC Executive Director Willie Ratchford.


Hundreds came out, and the mood was definitely cheerful, but keynote speaker Professor Ted Shaw stressed that this event should serve to remind us all of the the civil rights struggles people in this country still face.

"Everyday, we're reminded that there's still work to do. There are still great inequities that exist and inequality that exists along lines of race... certainly along lines of economic disparity," he said.

Speaker and Community Building Initiative Executive Director agreed. She said "It's a momentous occasion. A commemoration of something that seems in the distant past, but is so relevant today because there is still so much work to be done."

Ratchford also said he didn't just organize the event to celebrate but to help everyone in attendance to remember something very important.

"It's a reminder that the country has come a long way but it is also a reminder that the country still has a long way to go," said Ratchford.

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