Pelosi Statement on 56th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

“Fifty-six years ago, our nation achieved one of the greatest legislative triumphs in our history when President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.  At the signing ceremony, President Johnson said, ‘those who founded our country knew that freedom would be secure only if each generation fought to renew and enlarge its meaning.’  On this anniversary, we celebrate generations of Americans who fought to advance progress and recognize this generation of courageous Americans who are peacefully protesting to secure the blessings of equality and justice enshrined in the Civil Rights Act.   

“House Democrats stand with these persistent, dissatisfied men, women and young people, taking bold action to build on the Civil Rights Act and ensure its protections continue to safeguard the rights and dignity of all people.  That is why, last year, we passed the Equality Act to finally and fully end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans.  We passed the Voting Rights Advancement Act because defending access to the ballot box is fundamentally linked to defending Americans’ civil rights.  And, last month, we passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to end the epidemic of police brutality, particularly against communities of color, and bring urgently-needed transparency to our law enforcement.  Now, Leader McConnell must end his outrageous partisan obstruction, honor the will of the American people and allow the Senate to vote on these critical pieces of legislation.

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a victory of fairness, justice and equality.  But for too long, the full promise of this historic legislation has gone unfulfilled.  As we mark this important day, we rededicate ourselves to our responsibility to continue to deliver progress toward a more perfect union and build a brighter, more just and equal future that is the right all Americans.”