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Signing of the Civil Rights Act, 50 years ago today

Published On: Jul 02 2014 01:24:18 PM CDT

50 years ago on Monday segregation was officially banned


We spoke with a man who grew up without the Civil Rights Act and remembers the day it was signed.

He's 82 years old and blind, but it doesn't stop him from fighting for his passion every day.

“The racism, that stuff still here," said Young.

You'll find Young at the NAACP in Colorado Springs just about every day.

"To fight racial discrimination, to promote equality in all aspects of life and American society," said Young.  

His family has always been a part of the civil rights group, but they had to hide it.

"As a young boy, it was outlawed in the south or you had to do it undercover," said Young.  

Young grew up in Louisiana. He says segregation was the way of life.

“I was used to it I was born in it. It didn't make any kind of difference to me. I didn't realize how bad it was. I think the biggest thing, we had to walk so far to go to school. Other kids were riding buses, they'd ride past us yelling things,” said Young.

Now 50 years later, Young is especially happy with equality in our education system.

But when it comes to racism, overall, he says, it's not him who is blind.

“The society is racist we know that, we don't want to admit that but it's true. If we admit it then we can talk about it and do something about it. We have to work on it, you can’t pretend it's not there," said Young.


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