July 2, 2018
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of the Civil Rights Act, signed into law this day in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson:

“On this day in history in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the historic Civil Rights Act. The most sweeping civil rights legislation passed by Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights Act prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public places such as schools, buses, parks and swimming pools,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

“The Civil Rights Act laid critical groundwork for a number of other legislation–including the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which set into place voter protections for African Americans, ensuring their equal right to vote and has been used to enforce equal rights for women as well as all minorities.

“For these and a number of reasons, we must continue our fight against the policies put forth intended to roll back the progress the Civil Rights Act put into place and the efforts from the Trump Administration to remove protections that have guaranteed equal rights, equality and protections for all individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, sex, or country of origin.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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