Today (July 2, 2014) marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (I wrote about the Freedom Summer Memorial at Miami University in May

Three interesting articles on the impact of the Civil Rights Act:

The public is invited to join a commemorative rally, Buttons, Banners & Bullhorns, from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in Market Square in downtown Portsmouth to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Sponsored by The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, this free event will not only commemorate this historic bill, but also raise awareness of current civil rights issues in and around the state. Community organizations working on today’s issues are encouraged to attend and share their information. Individuals are encouraged to bring buttons, banners and bullhorns to celebrate the day. The event will begin at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. For information, call 318-5120 or visit