Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act becoming law.
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill that outlawed discrimination based on race, religion and gender.
The act also required equal access to jobs, public places, voting, and schools.
There were several events in Chicago and around the country commemorating the landmark legislation.
At the Thompson Center, The Illinois Department of Human Rights unveiled the Freedom Riders national traveling exhibit.
The Freedom Riders traveled on interstate buses through the South in the summer of 1961 to challenge segregation.
The exhibition will be on display at the Thompson Center until July 11.
At the Sheraton Towers, The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, headed by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., joined national clergy and community leaders to celebrate the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
Jackson said many gains have been made in the past 50 years, but much more work needs to be done.