The Civil Rights Act of 1964 - A 50-Year Anniversary
Location: Multnomah County Courthouse, Jury Assembly Room (first floor)
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Join us in commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act enacted on July 2, 1964, and hear the perspectives of individuals involved in different aspects of the civil rights movement. A film will be shown followed by a panel presentation.
Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders (60 min.)
"In 1965, when three women walked into the US House of Representatives in Washington D.C., they had come a very long way. Neither lawyers nor politicians, they were ordinary women from Mississippi and descendants of African slaves. They had come to their country's capital seeking civil rights, the first black women to be allowed in the senate chambers in nearly 100 years. A missing chapter in our nation's record of the Civil Rights movement, this powerful documentary reveals the movement in Mississippi in the 1950's and 60's from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it."
Justice Jacob Tanzer
Justice Tanzer, former Oregon Supreme Court justice, will share his experiences as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1964 when he was sent to Mississippi to investigate the deaths of three civil rights activists.
Eugene J. Uphoff M.D.
Dr. Uphoff, a retired family physician, will share his experiences as a 19-year-old college student who was arrested in Mississippi for his participation in a Freedom Ride in 1961.
Mr. Nakata, a speaker with the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, will discuss the law regarding Japanese-American internment and his childhood experiences in an internment camp.