Rep. Payne, Jr.’s Statement on Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

July 2, 2020
Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. released this statement on the 56th anniversary of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Act ended segregation and job discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin nationwide.

The Civil Rights Act helped resolve an issue that has been a problem in America since the founding of our country,” said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.  “It was a bill that helped fulfill the promise made in the Declaration of Independence that all men (and women) are created equal.  Sadly, we still have many steps to take on the road to true equality for many citizens of our country.  We took another step towards that goal when we passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to combat police brutality, particularly in our communities of color.  But there are more steps to be taken.  I got into politics to fight racism and establish a more just nation.  I will not stop until all Americans have the same rights and liberties established in the Constitution.”