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RNC Message on Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

WASHINGTON – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

“Today we mark a momentous anniversary in our nation’s history: 50 years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law, and America affirmed the idea that there is no room for discrimination in our country,” said Chairman Priebus. “We celebrate this important milestone and recommit ourselves to ensuring the promise of equal opportunity for all Americans.

“Of course, the journey began far from Washington. We owe a great deal to Rosa Parks for refusing to give up her seat on that day in Montgomery—and to Martin Luther King for leading a boycott that became a movement. Civil Rights activists going back to the Reconstruction Era stood up to racism and discrimination, threats of violence and even death to protest injustice and to push for fairer laws and equality. Today we celebrate their work, their accomplishments, and their memory.
 
“It was a long journey, and many Republican legislators like Congressman William McCulloch and Senator Everett Dirksen took leading roles in delivering the bipartisan bill to President Johnson’s desk. On this occasion, we also remember those who worked diligently to secure final passage of the Act.”
 
“We are a better nation because of the Civil Right Act, the most transformative piece of legislation in the 20th century,” said Co-Chairman Day. “We are a stronger country because of the visionary leaders who recognized that the 1964 Civil Rights Act was needed so that we would live up to the principle that all are created equal.
 
“As we celebrate this historic anniversary, we also recognize that there is still work to be done to ensure every single American has an equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Ensuring every child has equal access to good schools and a solid education is the most pressing civil rights issue of our day. Let us continue the work of civil rights leaders and fight to secure that opportunity—through school choice—for all of our children.” 

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