Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 premieres this weekend
This weekend, the Minnesota Human Rights Department will premiere “Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964” to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic legislation this weekend on local cable and YouTube and will continue airing the program through July 5th.
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The law also ended unequal application of voter registration and racial segregation in schools, workplace and facilities that served the general public.
“Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a significant moment in our country’s history and while all of the evils of discrimination didn’t end, we took a big step forward,” said Commissioner Kevin Lindsey. “I hope that viewers will gain a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made on our collective behalf, what we have accomplished and the work that remains ahead us.”
MDHR’s Living the Legacy show will feature insightful interviews by Commissioner Lindsey with the Honorable Governor Mark Dayton, Civil Rights Pioneer and Leader Dr. Josie Johnson, Macalester College Professor Emeritus of History Mahmoud El-Kati, Former St. Paul NAACP President Nathaniel Khaliq, and Freedom Rider Claire O’Connor. The show will also include MDHR’s archival interview with the late Minneapolis NAACP President Matt Little. The show also includes an in studio interview with community leader Trista Harris, President of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, discussing what is being done in the Twin Cities to create a more inclusive society for all.
Living the Legacy will began airing this weekend on CTV15 in Roseville and Metro 6 in the Twin Cities. Watch the promo and plan to watch one of the following viewings: