Civil Rights History Exhibit

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Orange County Civil Rights:
A History of an Enduring Struggle for Equality

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For many, mention of the civil rights era conjures up images of the protests, sit-ins and marches in the South. However, we in the West also contributed to achievements of the era and Orange County is no exception. From the fight for desegregated schools to the fight for LGBT rights, Orange County has shared in the nation’s civil rights tragedies and triumphs.

It is our sincere hope that this look back will empower us, as members of the Orange County family, to own our past and use it as a source of inspiration to continue the struggle to make this a county where ALL live free from violence and discrimination.

The exhibit now has a permanent home at the Heritage Museum of Orange County.

What People are Saying

“If you ever wondered about how the enduring quest for human dignity and civil rights has transpired regionally, then dedicate 10 minutes of your day to taking in this magnificent exhibit that details local events that unfolded alongside more highly publicized incidents in our nation’s quest for equality.

You will be inspired by what you learn and see to imagine a future that you can help to make possible.

We are very proud that Santa Ana College was selected as a site for the Orange County Human Relations Civil Rights Exhibit.

I promise that you will learn something you did not already know!”

– Sara Lundquist, Ph.D., Vice President, Student Services, Santa Ana College

About the US Civil Rights Act

President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago. This bi-partisan bill set the basic standard, the consensus, the unifying vision of the United States that all people have a right to live free from discrimination based on the color of their skin, their religion or other aspects of their being

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Thank You to Our Supporters

OC Human Relations would like to thank our collaborators and community partners who’ve supported the OC Civil Rights History Exhibit, including:

Bob Johnson

Kevin Cabrera

Robert McDonald

Reverend Ivan Pitts

California State University, Los Angeles Students

OC Human Relations Interns

OC Civil Rights Committee

Susan Reese, Graphic Artist

We invite you to take a virtual tour through the Exhibit by clicking on the image below:


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