Butterfield Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement today to mark the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson enacting the landmark Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964:
“Without question, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the most significant laws in this nation’s history. This 50th anniversary is a time to remember the debt all of us owe to the courageous leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
“This landmark law helped bring an end to the Jim Crow era – banning discrimination of any kind on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, it provided a long-awaited enforcement mechanism for the integration of schools.
“Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 represented great progress by bringing an end to one fight, it sparked a new battle to safeguard these rights that too many were beaten and killed for.
“I call upon all Americans to take pause on this historic occasion, and to continue to help America live up to our creed that all individuals are created equal.”