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Obama, 3 U.S. ex-presidents to attend civil rights event in Austin

English.news.cn   2014-04-08 11:35:42

HOUSTON, April 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will attend a meeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in Austin, Texas, along with three former U.S. presidents -- Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the event's organizers said on Monday.

The Civil Rights Summit, slated from Tuesday to Thursday, is organized by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Johnson, successor to the assassinated president John F. Kennedy, signed the landmark act into law in 1964.

Obama is scheduled to give a keynote speech on Thursday. Carter, Clinton and Bush will also deliver remarks at the summit.

The event, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening addresses, will reflect on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and public accommodations.

"The world has evolved considerably in the half century that has passed since the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As our first African American President, Barack Obama is the fulfillment of the promise of the Civil Rights legislation delivered by President Johnson and a bi-partisan Congress." Mark K. Updegrove, director of the LBJ library, said in a press release.

The Act, along with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans, said Updegrove.

Editor: Shen Qing
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