Commemorating historic legislation
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.
The Minnesota Human Rights Department produced an hour-long documentary, "Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964," to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this historic legislation. The video is available on YouTube.
"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 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 program features 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. Additionally, the show includes MDHR's archival interview with the late Minneapolis NAACP President Matt Little. Lastly, Living Legacy 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.
Watch Living the Legacy: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 on YouTube.