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Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

President Obama is scheduled to deliver keynote address on Thursday
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Jimmy CarterJaime Henry-White, AP (File)

Jimmy Carter

AUSTIN, Texas — Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

The summit opens Tuesday and marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in public places based on race, ethnicity, religion or gender.

The summit will both look back at the civil rights movement and address issues still lingering in the U.S. and globally. Panel discussions will feature political and civil rights leaders and academics discussing topics from immigration and gay marriage to the role of sports in the civil rights movement.

Other speakers include former Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, rock singer Graham Nash and gospel singer Mavis Staples.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the keynote address on Thursday.

The summit seeks to examine the legacy of the law that former President Lyndon B. Johnson considered one of his biggest achievements.

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