Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday that marks the birthday of the civil rights leader, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
Dr. King was present when President Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a federal law that prohibits discrimination in (e.g.) employment (Title VII) and public accommodations (Title II) because of a person’s “race” or “color”. This law is the most important civil rights legislation since the Reconstruction Era.
In his now-famous Dream Speech, Dr. King expressed hope that, for example, his “children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.
Unfortunately, more than 50 years later, Dr. King’s dream has yet to be fulfilled. Race discrimination persists, both in the workplace and elsewhere.
We will continue our efforts to fight on behalf of those who have suffered discrimination (including based on race/color) in employment and in public accommodations.