The Civil Rights Act of 1964 transformed nearly every aspect of life in America. With the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Congress law invalidated the Jim Crow laws and discriminatory practices that had dictated where Americans could go to school, live, work, play, stay, and eat for nearly one hundred years. Fifty years after its passage, we reflect on the 1964 Act's transformative impact and our commitment to its commands. In the 21st Century, civil rights must extend beyond the Act's statutory concept to encompass new issues in education, employment, immigration, marriage equality, and human rights.
In announcing the passage of the 1964 Act, President Lyndon Johnson told the nation, "This Civil Rights Act is a challenge to all of us to go to work in our communities and our States, in our homes and in our hearts, to eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country." On the Act's 50th anniversary, we are mindful of the continuing challenge to work to eliminate injustice.
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