Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in recognition of the 45th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act into law:
“The signing of the Voting Rights Act 45 years ago today represented a victory for the American values of equal protection under the law and fairness for all. To millions of Americans, particularly those pioneers in Nevada and across the nation who built the social, moral and political will to pass these important safeguards, this anniversary will always represent a turning point in our history, a day when America became a stronger nation.
“But our work to secure social equality for all Americans did not end on that great day almost a half century ago, and the work continues today. Social and racial inequality was a black eye on our nation’s legacy that is painful to remember, but important never to forget. And whether working to help integrate the Las Vegas strip from my early days in public service to fighting to secure long overdue justice for minority farmers in recent months, I have always fought to reverse the mistakes of the past and make this nation fairer for all.
“The Voting Rights Act ensures that we respect the true diversity of America. We must never forget the difficult lessons of the past because they help us to forge a better, more hopeful future. Today, I join millions in Nevada and across America to pay homage to those who fought for justice, and led the movement to make America a more equal union.”