Today, Alison Lundergan Grimes released the following statement recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Senate passing the Civil Rights Act:
"At a time when our country has seen so much progress, it is difficult -- but important -- to recall the brutal discrimination that African Americans endured just 50 years ago. Even an act as simple as attempting to eat lunch in a public diner subjected our fellow citizens in many areas of the country to physical attacks and arrest. The giants who called attention to this shameful wrong and victoriously campaigned against it -- Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy, Rep. John Lewis and thousands of others too numerous to name -- form a pantheon of American heroes. They moved a nation to witness injustice and to correct it. We stand on their shoulders. Let us all take a moment today to savor their triumph."