Members of Congress make civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama

Last Saturday, US Representative John Lewis gathered congressional and civil rights leaders in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, to honor the movement’s martyrs. The ceremony was part of the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage, which brings participants to historic civil rights sites in Alabama every year.

During the ceremony, Rep. Lewis reminded the participants of their power to raise their voices and change things. “We come with the spirit and the belief that we can change things. We have the power…we have the capacity to stand up, to speak up, and do something,” he said. For his part, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) President Richard Cohen urged Congress to unite on the issue of immigration in order to fix it, just as the 89th Congress did in order to pass the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

The Civil Rights Memorial was built by the SPLC. In 1993, Morris Dees, founder of the SPLC, won the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice.

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