Fifty years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. To celebrate this major day in history, the N.A.A.C.P. teamed up with the City of Gulfport for a commemoration ceremony.
Ruth Story of the N.A.A.C.P. in Gulfport says, “I'm well aware of what the Civil Rights Bill means to America, to African-Americans, but to all Americans, because as the Mayor said, together we make this a better country, a better city.”
Mayor Billy Hewes signed a proclamation for the City of Gulfport declaring Wednesday a celebration of not only the Civil Rights Act being signed, but of Gulfport's part in the Civil Rights Movement.