PEORIA -- Bradley University in Peoria will celebrate civil rights this school year with speakers, performances, re-enactments and poetry contests.
School leaders announced Thursday that for the first time the university has adopted a campus-wide theme. It's "Celebrating Civil Rights -- Past and Present" and events will be planned throughout the 2013-2014 school year.
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The theme marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the role central Illinois leaders like U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen played in advancing civil rights in the United States.
Bradley President Joanne Glasser says the Civil Rights Act paved the way for better education, better job opportunities and better quality of life for millions of people.