- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is to be held at the center dedicated to preserving the legacy of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The landmark legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin, as well as ending segregation in schools, workplaces and facilities that serve the general public.

King was present when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law on July 2, 1964.

The celebration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change Friday is set to feature speeches and presentations by federal officials, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the Rev. Bernice King, and three civil rights icons: the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, C.T. Vivian, and Ambassador Andrew Young.

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