Obama Commemorates Civil Rights Act

The president honored the 50th anniversary of legislation that ended racial discrimination in public places.
3:00 | 04/10/14

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Reason. Share. Golden. -- President Obama commemorating the fiftieth anniversary at the landmark legislation that ended racial discrimination in public places. And honoring the former president who made it happen Lyndon B Johnson. At the LBJ presidential library in Austin today. President Johnson. Fought for and argued and horse traded. And bullied and persuaded until ultimately he signed. The Civil Rights Act in the law. President Obama praised Johnson for understanding what it felt like to be an outsider in American society. And for having the courage to ask what that -- the presence of four. If not to fight for causes you believe it. For blacks and Latinos native Americans women and Americans with disabilities. New doors of opportunity swung open for so many because of Johnson's efforts but the president also made things personal. I have lived up the promise of LBJ's efforts because I and millions of my generation were in a position to take the baton. That he handed to us. President Obama's remarks came on the third and final day of ceremonies marking the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He said there remains work to do to fulfill the promise of the -- Johnson championed. The story of America is a story of progress. However small. However incomplete. We are here today because we know we cannot be complacent. And it wasn't just the current president celebrating the anniversary former presidents Carter Clinton and George W. Bush -- the summit as well. Susan -- ABC news Washington.

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