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OCA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

Wednesday, July 2, 2014   (0 Comments)
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OCA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act




2 July 2014                                  




Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer


202 223 5500 |                                                              


WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act (CRA).


The CRA was first proposed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. The CRA banned segregation in all public spaces; desegregated schools; prohibited unequal voting requirements; barred denial of service because skin color; and made discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, and gender in the workplace illegal, among other milestones. Below is a quote from Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President:


“Today is a day for celebration. The Civil Rights Act was a monumental victory for not only civil rights advocates but for all Americans. It has provided many within our community the protections necessary to express the rights that we have always been afforded under the Constitution, and it remains a pivotal piece of legislation that has paved the way for the continued expansion of our civil liberties. However, though we rejoice in the spirit of the legislation, we must remember that these rights are not unopposed. Recent attacks on fundamental civil rights policies and programs, such as the attempts to undermine affirmative action or the rise of voter identification laws, remind us that there remains a strong and present need to prevent the encroachment of one’s fundamental rights.


Asian Pacific Americans stood in solidarity with other communities of color during the long march for justice. No community can progress if other communities are weighed down by unjust and inhumane laws. We will continue to advocate for the safety of all communities; promote diversity in higher education and public employment through affirmative action; and ensure APA voices are counted in the ballot box. OCA remains dedicated to protecting and advancing equality and equity for all Americans.”


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