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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It was 50 years ago Tuesday when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The legislation came after decades of fighting segregation, many by young college students known as Freedom Riders.

To commemorate the anniversary of the signing, many of the original Freedom Riders from the Civil Rights Era plan to hold a symbolic and celebratory returning ride to Richmond, Virginia.

The Freedom Riders will board buses with about 50 students in a victory ride from D.C. to Richmond.

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