A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was held Friday at the King Center.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964, just 2 days before the nation celebrated its own freedom and independence. A diverse group of Atlantans and a steady stream of tourists visited the King Center on Auburn Avenue to watch a film from that historic day in American history.
Reverend Bernice King acknowledged the struggles of her father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the many other men and women who toiled for equal justice and equality in the United States.
Reverend Andrew Young went from Civil Rights leader, to Mayor of Atlanta, to Congressman before becoming a U.N. Ambassador during the Carter Administration. He and other icons of the movement still reside in Atlanta and reflected how far the country has come and how much work is yet to be done.