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CBCF Statement on 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

WASHINGTON—A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), today released the following statement in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"Today marks an important day in our nation's history. With the stroke of a pen, fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the passage of the bill that formally ended discrimination. Segregation in public places would no longer be a forced way of life for African Americans. The Act also gave people the federal protection against employment discrimination tactics based on their race, color, religion, national origin and sex.