50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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CRS 50th Anniversary Commemoration

On July 2, 1964, after a decade of racial turmoil, the Civil Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson. This iconic legislation marked the expansion of civil rights for millions of Americans; it also established the Community Relations Service as the country's only peacemaker for community conflicts and tensions. For nearly 50 years, the Community Relations Service has worked throughout the United States to help communities prevent and resolve tensions related to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. Over the past five years, CRS has also helped communities develop strategies to prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. On July 9, 2014, and July 10, 2014, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. We invite you to join us in Washington, D.C., to share in the commemoration and to learn more about the role we have played in the peaceful resolution of cross-cultural community conflicts, both large and small.

50 Years of Service: CRS by the Decade

Over the past 50 years, the Community Relations Service has worked behind the scenes to resolve disputes, disagreements or difficulties between community groups in order to prevent violence and form the basis for mutual trust and reconciliation. From the desegregation of public schools in the 1970s to the post-9/11 violence and backlash against Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Americans, CRS has played a pivotal role in bringing opposing parties together, preventing violence, and seeking peaceful solutions to some of the country's most heated problems.

Updated July 7, 2016