50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

July 03, 2014

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Task Force: 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act; time to celebrate, time to make more progress

WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2014 —Today marks the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the landmark Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson.

"Fifty years ago, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. It was the culmination of historic actions such as the March on Washington that we commemorated last summer. The landmark act was more than a legal remedy to the most appalling discrimination and inequality, it represented the hopes and dreams of millions of people who simply wanted to fulfill the promise of America. Today, we can celebrate significant progress, including important advances in recent days such as President Obama's upcoming executive orders to protect LGBTQ employees. But we still live in a world where racism permeates every aspect of our society; where a trans person of color can be turned away from the polling station because of their race and gender identity, where a Latino man can be profiled, stopped and frisked because of his race and presumed sexual orientation, and where millions of women — regardless of race — get paid less than their male counterparts. So, as we celebrate today, let¹s fight even harder for a tomorrow where everyone experiences true freedom and justice."

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force


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