50th Anniversary of the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965

Contact: 
Don Grove
Phone: 
(515) 281-0338
Email: 
don.grove@iowa.gov
Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2015

Contact: Don Grove (515) 281-0338

DES MOINES –The Iowa Civil Rights Commission will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 on May 20, 2015 with a program and celebration at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines.

The public is invited to attend the celebration, which begins at 6:30 pm. Programming includes Professor Arthur E. Bonfield’s review of the “Origin and Rationale of the Iowa Civil Rights Act.” Professor Bonfield was one of the principal drafters of the Act. Judge Romonda D. Belcher and attorney Roxanne Conlin will provide other reflections and comments. Governor Terry Branstad will open the festivities with welcoming remarks. There will also be a performance by North Soul, a vocal group from Des Moines North High School.

The Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965 was originally passed by unanimous consent of the Iowa General Assembly. The celebration of its 50th Anniversary is intended to not only re-educate Iowans of the Act, but also to reinvigorate Iowans in the fight to end discrimination.

Light refreshments will be provided following the program.