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Mid-Michigan Reflects On Civil Rights Act

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - President Obama and former presidents are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act this week.

Here in mid-Michigan the MSU College of Law hosted a symposium Thursday. Dozens of people came out to join in the discussion of just how far America and Michigan have come in the fight for civil rights.

6 News Francesca Amiker says that question was answered with more questions to follow.

Faculty, students and scholars from across mid-Michigan are joining to reflect on the Brown vs. Board case and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Even though we've come a long way scholars say we have a long way to go.

"We just had our first panel of the symposium and it was actually about an earlier case that never went to the supreme court. So most people don't know about it," said Brittney Kern, Seniors Articles Editor.

Kern says the symposium offered perspective from people who actually lived through the experience.

Philippa Strum wants to know why we're not further along today and why we still have segregated schools.

"Why do we have such a difference in the quality of schools? We need the people of Michigan and the people all over the U.S. to know what the problems are and what we need to solve them," said Strum, Desegregation Scholar, MSU Symposium.

Strum says gay and lesbian students don't feel as welcome in schools and there's still a lot of work to do in the next couple of centuries.

The discussion will continue Friday at Michigan State University's College of Law.

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