“Today marks the 51st anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
The Act was a major step towards equality in all aspects of American life, with far reaching effects from ending segregation in schools to putting an end to the unequal application of voter registration requirements.
Inspired by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, I joined Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s march towards equality from Selma to Montgomery, which ultimately led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While we have made great strides since the Civil Rights Movement, we still have a long way to go until America is free from all discrimination. Our fight for equality and justice for everyone in our great Nation is not yet over. Let us work to end all racism, discrimination, and violence, as we promote peace and understanding throughout our nation.”
“On this Fourth of July, as we attend parades and barbeques with family and friends, we should also reflect on the principles that this great country was founded on. We must remember ‘…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ and that there are people still fighting every day for true freedom and equality. The events of this past year have shown us that our country, despite having made significant progress since 1776, still has a long way to go.
People of color, women, immigrants, and the LGBT community continue to face various forms of discrimination and second-class citizenship. I am hopeful that, through our courage and our commitment to American ideals, we can become a more perfect union. We as nation must always strive to be the embodiment of the very principles found in the Declaration of Independence. Contributing to our nation’s progress is the responsibility of all of us.
I am proud to be working alongside local, state, and national leaders in advancing our great democracy. Our country is strengthened by empowering and supporting its people.”