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Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says America is Strongest When Our Country's Laws Protect Even the Weakest Among Us

Washington, DC – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is proud to honor the 60th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a pivotal moment in American history. This landmark legislation was designed to end segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It was a significant step toward achieving the promise of equality and justice for all Americans.

'LULAC will never forget the hard-fought battles and the lives sacrificed to bring about changes for a better society," says Roman Palomares, LULAC national president. "Our communities, government, and military have all been fortified by the inclusion and diversity of our great nation. The privileges we enjoy now to buy a home anywhere, have our children attend any public school, apply for any job, and even see a movie anywhere we choose were not things communities of color could do before. We have much to be thankful for and mindful that these civil rights must be protected from infringement," he adds.

The impact of the Civil Rights Act has been profound. It has transformed American society by dismantling many legal barriers that upheld segregation and discrimination. The Act paved the way for subsequent legislation to promote equality and protect all citizens' rights, regardless of their background. However, while we celebrate progress, we must also recognize that the fight for civil rights is ongoing. Discrimination and inequality persist in various forms, and we must continue advocating for justice and equality.

"America is stronger because of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Our nation is indebted to great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others who placed themselves in harm's way to make change happen. LULAC continues to be on those front lines, still fighting daily so that every man, woman, and child is afforded the full promise of our Constitution," concludes Palomares.

As we commemorate this significant milestone, LULAC reaffirms its commitment to protecting and advancing the civil rights of all individuals. We honor the legacy of those who fought for equality and pledge to continue their work, ensuring that every person in America can live with dignity, respect, and equal opportunity.



About League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 535 Councils and 145,000 members across the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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