50 Years Later, CBS Explores Legacy Of The Civil Rights Act
United States Congress signed the Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, a landmark piece of legislation banning discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Congress passed the act to improve quality of life for minorities in the U.S. In a recent speech commemorating the anniversary, President Barack Obama said the act “transformed the concepts of justice, equality, and democracy for generations to come.” On Thursday, CBS brought a group of panelists together in front of a live audience to discuss the effects of the Civil Rights Act, as well as the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the ongoing struggles for equality Americans face today.
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