U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will join Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to give remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at an event co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Howard University at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, in Washington, D.C. Duncan will discuss how the struggle for civil rights has evolved and expanded in the half century since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, as well as the urgent need for programs to help close unacceptable achievement and opportunity gaps that still exist.
U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and others will also speak at the event, titled "Preserving Progress, Charting the Future."
NOTE: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as driver's license) as well as valid media credentials. Media interested in attending must RSVP to Erica Lacy at [email protected] no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Monday, July 14, 2014. Media may begin arriving at 8:30 a.m. EDT. All cameras must be pre-set and radios must be in place by 9:30 a.m. EDT. Pen and pad reporters must be in place by 9:50 a.m. EDT. Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to Erica Lacy at 202-514-2007 or at [email protected] or Rachel Mann at 202-308-8903 or at [email protected].