Marco Rubio

The fight for equal opportunity has come a long way since President Kennedy said those words, but work still remains ahead.

In this century, like the last, we must expand the American Dream to reach more people than ever before, so that every child in America – no matter what color their skin is, who their parents are, or what neighborhood they are born into – will know they have the chance to go as far as their talent and work will take them.

Every generation before us has succeeded in passing a better America on to their children, and today we have the chance to reflect on one of the most notable successes. We honor those in St. Augustine and elsewhere who dared to stand up for their God-given rights, and in doing so helped secure the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and created a better America for all.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Floria and former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.