Honoring 50 years of the Civil Rights Act

By Rep. Mike Thompson

This February, I hope you’ll join our community in celebrating Black History Month by recognizing a defining moment in our nation’s history: the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

This legislation outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. No longer could anyone be denied a seat at a lunch counter, a sip of water from a public fountain or the opportunity to go to a certain school because of the color of their skin.

The Civil Rights Act was a giant step towards equality in America. But even 50 years later, there is still a lot of work to be done. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized, inequality in America wasn’t limited to racial segregation, it also included economic injustices, which continue today.

Dr. King asked, what good does it do to be able to eat at a lunch counter if you can’t buy a hamburger?

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