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Feb. 10: The Civil Rights Act Passed & President Obama Wins a GRAMMY

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Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb. 10, 1964, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290 to 130.  The bill prohibited any government, both local or state, from denying access due to race or ethnicity.  It also saw the rise of desegregation of schools, opening the door to allow the federal government to sue any company or state that discriminated against race.  This was the defining moment of the civil rights movement.

On Feb. 10, 2008, President Barack Obama won a GRAMMY Award for Best Spoken Word Album.  His best-selling book, The Audacity of Hope, was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly 30 weeks, after Oprah endorsed it on her television show.  On this day in 2007, President Obama announced his presidential campaign.

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