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Civil Rights 50 Years Later: Voting Rights Act Gave African-Americans Voice In Government

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Over two weeks, WCBS 880′s Wayne Cabot is taking a look at the law and its impact on the decades that follow.

It is all part of the event CBS News 50 Years Later – Civil Rights, powered by Microsoft Bing Pulse.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed racial segregation in public accommodations but did nothing to address access to the ballot box.

After President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the number of black elected officials increased tenfold.

Take a listen below:

Civil Rights 50 Years Later: Voting Rights Act Gave African-Americans Voice In Government

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Wayne Cabot reports

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