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house Bill H.R. 586

Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009

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  • EnactedMay 12th, 2009
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed April 24th, 2009
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJanuary 15th, 2009

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Title

Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009

Official Title

To direct the Librarian of Congress and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution to carry out a joint project at the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement, and for other purposes.

Summary

Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 - Requires, within the limits of available funds, the Librarian of Congress and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (acting through the Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture) to establish an oral history project to: (1) collect video and audio recordings of, and visual and written materials relevant to the personal histories of, participants in the Civil Rights movement; and (2) make the collection available for public use through the Library of Congress and the Museum. Defines, for this Act, "Civil Rights movement" as the movement to secure racial equality in the United States for African Americans that, focusing on the period 1954 through 1968, challenged the practice of racial segregation in the nation and achieved equal rights legislation for all American citizens. Encourages the Librarian and the Secretary to solicit and accept related donations of funds and in-kind contributions. Authorizes appropriations.

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