President Signs Law to Preserve Civil Rights History
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will catalogue and preserve stories and experiences of Americans who were involved with the Civil Rights Movement.
The bill, H. R. 586, the Civil Rights Oral History Project, will create a joint effort between the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress to collect oral histories of the people who were involved in the movement and preserve their stories for future generations.
“Because of the hundreds and thousands of ordinary people with extraordinary vision who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, we witnessed a non-violent revolution under the rule of law, a revolution of values and ideas that changed this nation forever,” said Rep. John Lewis.
“It is fitting and appropriate that President Obama signed a bill … designed to preserve and protect the story of this great movement and this great people for future generations to learn about and understand,” said Lewis, a co-sponsor of the bill.
The goal of the Civil Rights Oral History Project is to collect video and audio recordings of those who participated in the civil rights movement, providing a historic catalogue of this historic period.
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