From the Campaign Trail

posted Mar 6

With Rep. John Lewis at the 16th St. Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

posted Mar 6

I hung on every word from John Lewis today as he briefed our delegation on the plane, and later at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham as he recounted firsthand the story of the Freedom Ride.  The 16th Street church bombing in 1963 was a tragic catalyst that took the civil rights movement to a higher level.  We also visited a civil rights museum and saw the jail cell bars that confined Dr. Martin Luther King when he wrote his famous letter to white clergymen.  We are in Montgomery tonight, and tomorrow is a special event at the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma with President Obama.  What an honor to be on this trip to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the march for voting rights. I consider the civil rights victories won here in Alabama to be among the greatest American stories.

posted Mar 5

Tomorrow I’m heading to Selma, Alabama as part of a congressional delegation that will be joined by President Obama to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the march for voting rights at the Edmund Pettis bridge.  I’m deeply honored to join my colleague, civil rights legend John Lewis of Georgia, and many other civil rights leaders, for this historic occasion.

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