President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark legislation that's considered to be the most important civil rights law since the reconstruction era.
Reverend Gerald Arnold of the NAACP says the rights of African Americans have come a long way in the last 50 years, but it's still very important to keep the spirit of the Civil Rights Act alive.
"Brothers and Sisters, white, black, brown, and working together jointly," said Reverend Arnold, "as what the commission has tried to do here to bring all the stake holders together and say, that you know we're one, and we're all fighting for the same equity and against the inequities that people suffer."
Following the ceremony, many signed a joint statement affirming their support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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