To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) released the following statement:

“Today we commemorate a landmark day in history, the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 50 years later, the United States has come a long way in righting the wrongs of the past. But over time, new adversities have dramatically impacted the ability of all citizens to achieve the American Dream.

“We must revive our call for a new civil rights movement—to protect minorities, women, college students and senior citizens from voter suppression. All over the country, the fundamental right to vote has been under attack by extremist lawmakers. We cannot stand idly by and watch these attempts to disenfranchise and minimize voices of difference. As we reflect on the struggles, triumphs and challenges of those who bravely came before us, we, too, must fight for our democracy and for the fundamental right for all Ohioans and all Americans to vote.”

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