Civil Rights 50th Anniversary
Fifty years ago today, conscientious public servants took a stand against inequality and injustice by enacting one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation ever passed, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At the heart of the law is the premise, and guarantee, that all citizens of the United States are afforded equal protection under the law and that no person or entity can discriminate against any citizen based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Act also enforces the constitutional right to vote for all U.S. citizens and officially ends racial segregation in all public accommodations.
“This historic achievement, however, like others before and since, did not come easy, nor were its effects instantaneous or all-encompassing,” said HNBA National President, Miguel Alexander Pozo. “Progress was made, yes, but the path of this progress has been fraught with struggle, and suffering. In fact, we are still on that path, working towards perfecting the promises of this landmark piece of civil rights legislation, as recent attempts to curtail the civil rights and liberties of protected classes in various states attest.”
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, we are indeed reminded that much remains to be done. Indeed, Congress has failed to move towards a resolution on immigration reform despite a Senate backed bill that provided a clear path forward, and after the United States Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder, our elected officials stand paralyzed and condone practices that prevent or make it more difficult for minority voters to cast their ballots,” said Mr. Pozo.
“It is imperative that today’s Congress act just as President Lyndon B. Johnson and the rest of the brave public servants acted in 1964 in order to protect all the citizens of our nation. As lawyers, the HNBA's members stand ready to work with our congressional leaders to fulfill the promises of Civil Rights Act to its fullest extent. We cannot not allow the clock to be turned backward,” said Mr. Pozo.
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