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Carter Speaking At Austin Civil Rights Summit

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter poses for a photo as he promotes his new book "A Call To Action Women, Religion, Violence, And Power" at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue on March 25, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter poses for a photo as he promotes his new book “A Call To Action Women, Religion, Violence, And Power” at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue on March 25, 2014 in New York City. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

The summit opens Tuesday and marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination in public places based on race, ethnicity, religion or gender.

LBJ Library director Mark Updegrove will interview Carter after day of panels on immigration, gay marriage and music as a catalyst for social change.

Other speakers include former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, rock singer Graham Nash and gospel singer Mavis Staples.

The summit seeks to examine the legacy of the law that former President Lyndon B. Johnson considered one of his biggest achievements.

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