Gordon State Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Signing of Civil Rights Act

Gordon State College will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a special program Thursday evening.

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Gloria Ward Wright, who, as a teenager, marched with civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others in Albany, Ga.

Dr. Wright has written about her experience in the book, From the Back of the Line.

In addition, there will be a panel of community members who will offer their reflections on the United States before and after the Act was signed into law.

A panel of Gordon State College students will also offer their reflections.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, is considered the landmark civil rights legislation and continues to have a profound impact on the lives of Americans.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The program is free and the public is invited to attend.