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Civil Rights in America: Then and Now
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2014
 
Contact: Willie Ratchford, Executive Director
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations
704-336-2195
wratchford@charlottenc.gov
 
Civil Rights in America: Then and Now
Local organizations join together to celebrate the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Charlotte, NC — As the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 nears, several local organizations have joined together to host an evening of speakers in commemoration of the historic event. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the Community Building Initiative, Levine Museum of the New South, and Mecklenburg Ministries, are sponsoring a special program and celebration.
Civil Rights in America: Then and Now. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will  be held Tuesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East Seventh Street.
 
The featured and keynote speakers will give a historic and present-day perspective.
 
Featured speakers include:
  • James Ferguson II, Attorney at Law, Ferguson Chambers & Sumter, P.A., Overview of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Dr. Tom Hanchett, Historian, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte, Then and Now
  • Dianne English, Executive Director, Community Building Initiative, Herstory
Keynote Speaker:
Professor Theodore M. “Ted” Shaw, the Julius L. Chambers, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. On July 1, 2014, he will become the second director of the Center, founded by Julius Chambers.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 p.m. Members of the public can RSVP for the event  by emailing Renee Thompson at rthompson@charlottenc.gov  or call 704-336-2424. ​