Today Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released this statement recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964:
"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of the most important legislative accomplishments in American history. Its enactment into law profoundly and unalterably changed our nation. For the first time, discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin was illegal.
"Today I join the nation to recognize the courage and determination of those who fought, bled and died for justice and equality. We honor so many figures of our past and present who struggled so that we may enjoy a more equal and just future. May their sacrifice never be forgotten or minimized. While we pay tribute to them and reflect on our significant progress, we also recognize that our struggle towards equality is far from over.
"Although the years of legal discrimination in our country have ended, massive disparities still exist among our racial groups in access to health care, quality education and so many more factors that help determine our success. While we work to reduce these disparities and ensure that all of our children have access to opportunity and economic success, we must fight to protect one of our most basic rights as Americans -- the right to vote.
"We cannot allow the Supreme Court of the United States, congressional gridlock or state legislatures to undo what our civil rights leaders have built. Congress must come together and pass a strengthened Voting Rights Act. I urge my colleagues to carry the legacy of our heroes by fighting for all of our civil rights."