ROANOKE, Va. -

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law fifty years ago.

People across the country spent Wednesday celebrating the historic legislation.

It was crucial in battling segregation and giving equal rights to all Americans. Many believe the countless marches and demonstrations during the 60's influenced Johnson's decision to sign it.

WDBJ 7 sat down with Brenda Hale Wednesday afternoon. She heads up Roanoke's chapter of the NAACP.

Hale said she was just graduating from high school when it became a law and said while we have made great strides since then there is still a lot of work left to do.

"You have to realize that was a different time then and to accomplish this stellar piece of law,” she said. “That was a big accomplishment and the sacrifice that people made to get to that point. We have to remember our ancestors and pay homage to the people who are no longer here and did the fight for us."

No local events were scheduled to honor the anniversary. The closest one took place in Richmond.