MIAMI – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) issued this statement today as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
"Today, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark piece of legislation, outlawing racial discrimination and segregation, broke down barriers and opened doors of opportunity for all Americans.
"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it possible for me to walk the halls of Skyway Elementary as a school principal, the state capitol of Florida as a State Senator and serve as a United States Congresswoman alongside the first African-American President of the United States of America.
"While we have come a long way since the days of segregation and Jim Crow, the vestiges of injustice still linger – young minority men are being disproportionately incarcerated, income inequality continues to grow, and hard fought voting rights are under attack.
"As we celebrate and reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, let us also recommitment ourselves to fulfilling its promise of equality. I will continue to advance the cause of civil rights in America by fighting for jobs, a world class education system, and a strengthened Voting Rights Act.