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50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act marked in Ports. Wednesday

July 1, 2014

By Dylan Morrill, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.



July 01--PORTSMOUTH -- The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail will host a rally on Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

The rally, which is free and open to the public, will also raise awareness to current civil rights issues.

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail is an organization seeking to preserve Portsmouth's black history. The organization has multiple bronze plaque markers at historic sites which form a trail around Portsmouth. It also offers educational programs, teachers workshops, and lectures.

"We have a series of 22 markers in Portsmouth that tells Portsmouth's black history," Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Director JerriAnne Boggis said.

Wednesday's rally will commemorate the historic bill while also raising awareness of current civil rights issues in and around the state.

The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed racial segregation and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Over the years, Market Square has been the traditional gathering place for many social causes, according to the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. The Portsmouth branch of the NAACP and other civil rights activists gathered here during the 1960s.

Community organizations are encouraged to attend and share their information.

Boggis said "young people will join us at this rally commemorating a watershed bill that paved the way for all future civil rights acts. By focusing on current civil rights issues we hope people will be encouraged to get involved."

Individuals are encouraged to bring buttons, banners and bullhorns to celebrate this event.

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