Little Known Black History Fact: ‘We Shall Overcome’ Summit

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    Today our nation’s first black President will lend his voice to a major Civil Rights Summit at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, TX.

    The summit comes during the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act signed into law by President Johnson in 1964. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as well as United Nations ambassador Andrew Young and Bernice A. King will join President Obama to commemorate the historic law.

    The summit is fittingly entitled “We Shall Overcome,” and includes a musical performance by Grammy award-winning singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples.

    Other significant participants include Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, the first African-American woman elected mayor of any major Southern city; Maria Shriver, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, Julian Bond, Luci Baines Johnson, Bernice A. King and Lynda Johnson Robb.

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