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President Obama in Houston on Wednesday. / Bob Levey, AP

President Obama pays tribute Thursday to living history, a landmark civil rights law passed a half-century ago.

Obama, who spent the night in Houston, will travel at midday to the Lyndon Johnson presidential library in Austin to speak at a conference on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The nation's first African-American president plans to discuss the legacy of the civil rights law and the challenges that remain.

Wrapping up a two-day trip to Texas, the president and first lady Michelle Obama will return to Washington late Thursday afternoon.

Wednesday, Obama spoke at a memorial service for the victims of last week's shooting at Fort Hood. The president later attended a pair of Democratic Party fundraisers in Houston.



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