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[NEWS] Honoring the struggle for civil rights in Philadelphia

 

Though a history book might say otherwise, the fight for civil rights began as early as the 1700s - at least in Philadelphia.

In 1701, William Penn signed the Charter of Privileges, giving Pennsylvanians freedom of religion. And so it began.

For years, Americans - and, specifically, Philadelphians - have been fighting for (and over) equality in all fields, from the right to practice any faith, to women's having the right to vote, to ending segregation in schools.

A new photo exhibit celebrating parts of that ongoing battle opened Wednesday at Philadelphia International Airport. The show is titled "Civil Rights in Philadelphia: 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act into law 50 years earlier to the day, July 2, 1964.