"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

- The Declaration of Independence

Martin Luther King Jr. and President Johnson

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On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence to signal to Great Britain that the American colonies were independent. The document was a statement of the principles and reasoning behind why the states had to begin a revolutionary overthrow of Great Britain's influence. The most famous line from the Declaration of Independence is listed above.

Today, it is over 235 years later and we are still struggling to make society live up to the equality principles in the Declaration of Independence and those later added to the Constitution after the Civil War (specifically the Fourteenth Amendment). Proper racial justice is a goal that continues to elude us as a society and it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

The ACLU continues to fight against any and all forms of racism in an effort to assist those groups who have historically been negatively impacted because of their race. There are many sub-areas to address within this broad issue, but racial justice is necessary for the United States to live up to the principles upon which it was founded. In addition to what we handle locally, there is a national ACLU Racial Justice Program.

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