President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964. / AP
This April, President Obama will pay tribute to predecessor Lyndon Johnson and to one of his most significant accomplishments: The Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The current president and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a "civil rights summit" on April 10 at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Obama will deliver the keynote address of the three-day summit that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and Johnson's role in enacting it.
Former presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush are also scheduled to address the legacy of the Civil Rights Act during the summit to be held April 8-10.
Johnson "drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law" 50 years, the library said. "The summit will be both a look back at the civil rights movement of the 1960s and a look forward at the civil rights issues still facing America and the world."
Obama, the nation's first African-American president, has credited the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 - with expanding opportunities for people of color.
"We are truly honored to host President Obama as the keynote speaker at the LBJ Presidential Library's Civil Rights Summit in April," said Mark Updegrove, the library's director.
Said Updegrove: "The world has evolved considerably in the half century that has passed since the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As our first African-American president, Barack Obama is the fulfillment of the promise of the Civil Rights legislation delivered by President Johnson and a bipartisan Congress."
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