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“Today, Congress commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal upon Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King.

“Fifty years ago the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It was a tremendous victory for a nation founded upon the proposition that all men are created equal. Even a century after the Civil War, African-Americans still suffered from unequal treatment and were deprived their full rights as American citizens. This legislation helped to fulfill our obligation to ensure that every American is granted equal justice.

“May the memory of Dr. and Mrs. King and the continued legacy of the Civil Rights movement renew our commitment to justice and opportunity for all.”