Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964
"Forty-eight years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act states, 'No person in the United States shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.'
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hailed the enduring impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying that "our nation's schools are freer from discrimination today and provide far more opportunity for all students than a half-century ago." The landmark law, Secretary Duncan said, set the nation "on a path towards justice and educational equality--yet many civil rights challenges per