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Clyburn Joins 8th Annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage To Alabama

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March 02, 2007
Fri, 03/02/2007 - 12:00am -- 1brightstar

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn will join this weekend's 8th Annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham, Alabama, organized by Georgia Rep. John Lewis and sponsored by the Faith and Politics institute. Lewis serves as Clyburn's second-in-command, as Senior Chief Deputy Whip. The senior Democratic lawmakers began their friendship over 40 years ago during the organizational meetings for the Civil Rights Group, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

"John is more than just a congressman and a colleague, he is the conscience of this Congress and I am proud to participate in the annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage again. Each time I make take this historic trip I feel re-energized to fight for change in the present day. Though the path of the pilgrimage is an emotional one for those of us who were part of the movement; it is a small price to pay in order to have the diverse members of the Congress share our memories and experiences. I know my colleagues will bring back the hope that inspired us so long ago, and apply it to their work today."

"I thank my friend, Rep. John Lewis for organizing this important journey. John and I met in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. As activists, we were called to fight one of our nation's ugliest demons-racism. John Lewis needs no convincing that the Civil Rights struggle is not over, and by leading this trip, he makes sure that the Members of Congress never forget how far we have come and how much work still needs to be done."

 

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