Valley Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

HARRISONBURG, Va. Wednesday marks fifty years since the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

President Johnson signed the legislation in 1964, making it illegal to discriminate against anyone, regardless of color.

Stan Maclin, the President of the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, said although the Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination, it is still alive today, but in a different form.

For example, he said people still exclude others socially based on ones skin color. And, he said there is still a lot of disparity in terms of income and employment.

Maclin said, although we have made improvements, there is still a long way to go.

"We've come a long way but we have further steps to take and we can do that by working together, instead of individually carrying out our own objectives," said Maclin.

As we look forward to the next fifty years, Maclin said we need to not just talk about diversity, but make efforts for inclusion. For example, he said the "Martin Luther King" street sign was a great example of the efforts made by the City. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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