Black History Celebration Highlights Historic Civil Rights Anniversary

By Christie Nicks

Published 02/19 2014 10:03PM

Updated 02/19 2014 10:08PM

ROCKFORD -- February marks "Black History Month," but this year it means so much more.

Rockford City Hall transformed into a celebration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson signed off on it.

Wednesday night, the Rockford NAACP celebrated the landmark legislation with an observance. It's called the 'Path to Transformation.' Everyone from the mayor, to high school students, to dignitaries, and policital leaders participated.

Rockford NAACP president Lloyd Johnston said the anniversary is something the chapter had to recognize.

"As we approached this golden, landmark anniversary, it would almost have been a travesty of justice, a cardinal sin to let this moment in time go by without paying proper homage to it," said Johnston.

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