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2 legends of Civil Rights Movement to speak at MTSU

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Two legends of the Civil Rights Movement will discuss present-day civil rights challenges at a program this month on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

"No Voice, No Choice: The Voting Rights Act at 50" will be the topic of a Sept. 17 program featuring the Rev. James Lawson and the Rev. C.T. Vivian.

Both were trusted friends and advisers to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the late 1950s and 1960s, and were instrumental in a number of key civil rights events during that time, including the Voting Rights Act.

Signed into law 50 years ago, the measure was enacted by Congress to ensure that state and local governments passed no laws or policies to deny American citizens the right to vote based on race.

The program is set for 2:30 p.m. at Tucker Theatre on the MTSU campus. It's open to the public.