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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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Statement from Mayor Landrieu on fiftieth anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 02, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, members of the Plessy Ferguson Foundation, and New Orleans leaders to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Mayor Landrieu said, “On this day fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law landmark legislation outlawing discrimination based on race which had for centuries divided our nation. From Plessy v. Ferguson; to Ruby Bridges facing integration at the William Frantz School; to the Freedom Riders and their perilous journey from Washington, DC to New Orleans, our city was at the center of the civil rights movement. We honor the legacy and commitment of the many who faced enormous trials and tribulations in the name of equality.”


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