DNC Chair Tom Perez on 55th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the 55th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act:

“55 years ago, our nation took an enormous step forward on the path to true equality with the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The law expanded voting rights protections and access to public facilities, and it outlawed segregation in public places and banned racial discrimination by employers. It was a hard-won victory for generations of justice warriors, activists, and civil rights organizers who believed in the promise enshrined in our Constitution that we are all created equal. We are forever indebted to all those who persevered through unthinkable violence and endured unspeakable cruelty to forge a brighter future for all.

“Democrats understand that civil rights continues to be the great unfinished business of America. In too many states, conservative lawmakers still work to erect barriers to the ballot, especially in communities of color. And for too many families, structural racism has kept the vaults of opportunity sealed. But as long as the struggle for economic and racial justice continues, we will never stop fighting to expand opportunity for all, regardless of race, class, or creed.”