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The Obamas Are on the Move to Mark History

Apr 10 2014 - 1:35pm

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made their way to Houston, TX, on Thursday to mark 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Taking the stage at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Obama spoke [1] about how the 1960s efforts toward equality helped open doors and pave the way for opportunities, saying, "They swung open for you, and they swung open for me. That's why I'm standing here today." He also acknowledged that there's still progress to be made, hitting on a more personal note:

"Our society is still racked with division and poverty. Yes, race still colors our political debates, and there have been government programs that have fallen short. I reject such cynicism, because I have lived out the promise of LBJ's efforts, because Michelle has lived out the legacy of those efforts, because my daughters have lived out the legacy of those efforts."

Also on hand for the event was former President George H. W. Bush, who greeted the president and the first lady upon their arrival. Throughout the day, the Obamas also met with LBJ's two daughters, high-profile veterans of the civil rights movement, and Maria Shriver. Soaking in the historical significance of the day, the pair toured the museum during their visit, seeing copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, a hat worn by Abraham Lincoln, and an annotated copy of LBJ's speech to Congress encouraging the passage of the Voting Rights Act. Keep reading for more pictures from the Civil Rights Summit.

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