Fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act -- landmark legislation that broadly outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.  It was the culmination of years of sacrifice by some of the bravest, most patriotic Americans of our time, who mounted a massive grassroots effort in the name of equality despite unimaginable odds.  I was a junior at a high school in Brooklyn at that time, marveling at the movement that gave birth to a better America.  What I did not realize was how it was to transform my life and my life’s mission on a very personal level. 

Read Judith Heumann's story about how the signing of the Civil Rights Acts inspired her to fight for equality for herself and millions of others with disabilities.
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