WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today commemorating the 44th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law on July 2, 1964:
“Forty-four years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, a milestone in the constant struggle for equality for all. The Civil Rights Act brought about sweeping changes, including the prohibition of racial discrimination in public places, and employers were not allowed to discriminate against employees based on race.
“This day was the result of the tireless efforts of numerous Americans who stood up against hatred and oppression and called for an end to a centuries-old injustice. My good friend, Congressman John Lewis, is one of those brave individuals who led the charge for justice and fairness. Every American owes him and countless others a deep debt of gratitude for fighting against all odds to make our nation a better place and opening the doors of opportunity for future generations.
“Forty-four years later, the fight for true equality for all goes on. In honor of all those who worked to see the Civil Rights Act become law, we rededicate ourselves today to finishing the job they began, and ensuring that this nation upholds its founding principles.”