Washington, DC— DNC Chairman Tim Kaine today released the following statement in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the signing of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964:


“Today is a day to commemorate an historic achievement, thesigning of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is also a time to recognize how far our nation has come after the election of our first African American to the White House, President Barack Obama. On this day, let us not forget the courage and sacrifice of the brave Americans who risked it all—including their lives—to ensure equality for future generations of Americans.


"The Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed during one of America's most tumultuous and turbulent times, has provided a new generation of Americans the promise offreedom and opportunity.While we know our country has made progress over the last 45 years, we also know that far too many inequalities and obstacles still remain for many Americans. We must continue to combat obstacles in our laws and policies so that we can truly fulfill the promise of the Civil Rights Act and live up to the ideal on which we were founded - that all of us are created equal. So on this day, the Democratic Party reaffirms our commitment to working for equal rights under the law."