Pelosi Statement on 57th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2, 2021
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking the 57th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:

“For fifty-seven years, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has stood as a pillar of our democracy.  With this landmark legislation, our nation took a monumental step toward living up to our fundamental ideals of freedom and liberty for every American.  On this anniversary, we celebrate this historic victory achieved by generations of activists who fought tirelessly to secure the blessings of liberty and justice for all.

“While the Civil Rights Act represents important progress, our long march toward a more perfect union remains unfinished.  The right to vote is inseparably linked to the defense of our civil rights.  That is why Congress is continuing the fight to pass H.R. 1, which would secure the ballot for voters now, and we will continue to advance H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, in order to secure the ballot for the future.  We are working hard to finally enact the Equality Act, which strengthens critical protections for LGBTQ Americans.  And we are taking action to combat systemic racism by advancing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, legislation to transform policing and save lives. 

“Moved by the energy and urgency of a new generation taking to the streets in peaceful protest against injustice, Democrats remain fully committed to not only safeguarding but strengthening our cherished civil rights.  In this fight, let us vow to never relent until every American can enjoy the sacred promise and protection of our founding creed: that all are created equal.”