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Text from Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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"No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."1

"The work of equality is not done because the evil of bigotry is not finally defeated. Yet the laws of this nation and the good heart of this nation are on the side of equality. And as Dr. King reminded us,"We must not rest until the day when justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.""2

"Our task today is not limited to enforcement against overt discrimination; we still have a long journey before us to achieve equal opportunity for all Americans. This includes not only support for families and children in need, but equality in access to health care, including special attention to addressing disparities in health status among minority Americans. Vigorous pursuit of these goals is the highest tribute we can pay to those whose struggles and dedication culminated in the watershed moment we celebrate this month."3


"Today, as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we take pride in the distance our nation has traveled toward equal opportunity. At HHS we are especially proud of activities and efforts to ensure equal access to health and human services programs, regardless of race, color or national origin. We also rededicate ourselves to furthering principles of equality, including continuing this department's multi-faceted approach to address and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities."

"The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted in response to discrimination, segregation and other racial inequities throughout American life, including segregated and unequal health care services. Title VI of this landmark statute established a national priority against discrimination by federally funded programs and served as a catalyst for all other major civil rights legislation of the 20th Century."

"HHS joins our nation in honoring the principles and values of the Civil Rights Act."4

1Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
2President George W. Bush Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act July 2, 2004
3Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act July 2, 2004
4Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act July 2, 2004

Last revised: July 22, 2004