- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina will mark the 50th anniversary of its founding by sparking conversations about the civil liberty issues the group has tackled over the years.

The ACLU-NC will commemorate the anniversary on Sunday with a panel and history exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte. The exhibit chronicles the group’s work on eight key civil liberties issues, including free speech, LGBT equality and racial justice. The panel discussion features four prominent past and present figures from the organization, and will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The ACLU-NC was founded in 1965 to challenge North Carolina’s ban on “radicals” from speaking on university campuses. Their First Amendment lawsuit was successful. Since then, their membership has grown from 300 people to 12,000.

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