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Commemoration plans unveiled for Civil Rights Act anniversary

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The Countywide CDC unveiled part of its special project "Celebrating the Dream" Wednesday. The Countywide CDC unveiled part of its special project "Celebrating the Dream" Wednesday.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The Countywide Community Development Corporation unveiled part of its special project "Celebrating the Dream" at the Cameron Art Museum Wednesday.

The project includes several events that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Event Coordinator Faye Jacobs said "Celebrating the Dream" looks at the past and present to improve our future.

"If they know the story, this will stop some of the behavior that we are seeing in our communities today," Jacobs explained.

"Also to make for some of us who stand on the shoulders of those who were really in the civil rights movement to honor them, to let them know the dream has not been forgotten, that we're going beyond the dream."

"Celebrating the Dream" includes an art exhibit from nationally renowned visual artist Willie Cole. Cole will highlight the closing of 16 Cape Fear area schools and other desegregation movements in southeastern North Carolina through his exhibit.

The celebration officially begins June 29 with a slew of special events, including a Legends luncheon featuring author of "The Color Purple," Alice Walker.

For more information about the events, visit http://www.celebratingthedream.org

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