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Local Students Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act


By: Lanetra Bennett
July 2, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Dozens of middle and high school students in Tallahassee got the opportunity to hear from some of the people who had a role in the landmark legislation.

Several local unsung heroes spoke to the students this afternoon at Palmer-Munroe Community Center.

They shared their stories of taking part in the Tallahassee Bus Boycott, and protests to integrate stores, theaters, and schools.

Fifteen-year-old Ebonie Lockley, says, "It makes me proud of the people that marched and fought for our rights because without them and their determination and their confidence, we wouldn't be here and we wouldn't have the privileges that we have now. So, it makes me proud."

The event was hosted by the Tallahassee NAACP.


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