Obama to mark Civil Rights Act anniversary

President Obama will head to Texas in April to deliver remarks at an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the White House said Thursday.

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The April 10 event will be held at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. First lady Michelle Obama is also expected to attend.

The landmark legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity, and ended racial segregation in schools and workplaces. The bill, first advocated by President John F. Kennedy, was championed by Johnson after JFK's assassination.

Obama has frequently cited the bill as evidence of how grassroots activism can result in major policy changes.

"Change is hard. Change takes time. But change is possible," Obama said at a campaign speech in 2011. "It took years for the civil rights movement to culminate not just in Brown v. Board of Education, but ultimately the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act and all the things that we now take for granted."

The administration made the announcement on the same day Obama was slated to announce "My Brother's Keeper", a new program designed to help young men from racial minorities graduate school, find jobs and avoid the criminal justice system.

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