In July of 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. Various Omaha groups have plans to celebrate the anniversary.
A free celebration, "50 Years of Civil Rights," will be held at the CenturyLink Center Friday, July 18th.
The event begins at 8:15 a.m. with a keynote address by Dr. Joseph Hines, President and CEO of Success Business, Inc. Connie Rice, Co-Director of the Advancement Project will speak at 1:00 p.m.
"The civil right laws protect all of us in one way or another," says Mayor Jean Stothert. "This celebration is to encourage community inclusion, raise awareness and educate all of us on our civil rights."
Through the day there will be panel discussions on housing, employment, civil rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Kids will be able to take part in various activities. The celebration ends with ethnic music and dancing from 6:00-9:30 p.m., on the north lawn of the CenturyLink Center.
Organizers include the City of Omaha HR Department, the Southern Sudan Community Association, Fair Housing Center of Nebraska and Iowa, and the League of Human Dignity.