Obama Marks 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

AUSTIN (April 10, 2014) President Barack Obama remembered former President Lyndon B. Johnson Thursday as a giant of a man whose efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act made real the promise of the nation's founders that all men are created equal.

America's first black president spoke Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin on the final day of a summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The landmark law ended racial discrimination in public places.

Mr. Obama also met Thursday with state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, the Democratic nominee for governor.

The White House says Mr. Obama visited briefly with Davis on Thursday at the library, but didn’t say what the two discussed.

Davis emerged as a national political figure last summer when she filibustered an abortion bill in the state legislature.

She's the first female gubernatorial candidate in Texas since 1994 and has buoyed Democratic hopes despite the state's conservative leanings.

Davis faces Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, in the fall election.

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