A ceremony is planned in Chicago to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights says it will commemorate the event on Wednesday at the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Among the speakers will be Thomas Armstrong of Naperville. Armstrong as a Freedom Rider who took buses with other activists in the southern United States in 1961.
The department also plans to unveil a Freedom Riders national traveling exhibit at the ceremony. It will be on display until July 11.
State officials say Gov. Pat Quinn plans a proclamation.