On July 2nd, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an act of bi-partisanship Johnson called an “American bill.” 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.
50 years later to the day, OC Human Relations invites you to join us at the opening reception for the Orange County Civil Rights History Exhibit – a history of an enduring struggle for equality. The exhibit explores the civil rights history of our county and honors extraordinary contributions towards bringing equality to Orange County and the Nation.
This unique exhibit will feature large displays created by the graphic artist, Susan Reese, and curated by OC Human Relations Commission. The Commission was created nearly a half century ago to insure that this national vision for fairness and equality was a shared value and that the Board of Supervisors would work to make it real in Orange County.
The free Exhibit opening and reception takes place:
Wednesday, July 2, 6 – 8pm
Second Baptist Church, 4300 Westminster Ave, Santa Ana, 92703
Guest Speaker: Dorothy Mulkey
In 1967 the Supreme Court found California’s Proposition 14 – which legalized discrimination in housing – to be unconstitutional. Orange County’s own Dorothy Mulkey was the plaintiff in the historic case.
Come hear her story.