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February 22, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON-- As the original sponsor of the legislation which authorized the building of the National African American Museum of History and Culture, Rep. John Lewis was one of the speakers today at the groundbreaking for the newest Smithsonian Institute museum on the National Mall. The effort was begun almost 100 years ago by black veterans of the Civil War who were concerned that the contributions of black soldiers were not acknowledged. The idea had some supporters, but the stock market crash of 1929 killed the flow of private contributions.

February 15, 2012 Photo Gallery
February 10, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. John Lewis made this statement today about the beating of Brandon White, allegedly because he is gay.

There is not any room in our society for any crime against any citizen simply because of individual differences. All human beings are made by the same hands, so no one has the right to demean, humiliate or beat down another individual because he or she is different. We should begin to see difference as an opportunity to grow, to understand something that is new to us, not as an invitation to violence.

January 13, 2012 Press Release

In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, Rep. John Lewis made these comments:

December 13, 2011 Editorial
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin on Tuesday to address potential new barriers between citizens and their right to vote. Speaking at the library, which honors the service of an American who fought for the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and opened the doors to our democracy for millions of Americans, the attorney general acknowledged that this work continues, declaring: "Ensuring that every veteran, every senior, every college student, and every eligible citizen has the right to vote must become our common cause. And, for all Americans, protecting this right, ensuring meaningful access and combating discrimination must be viewed, not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative."
August 26, 2011 Editorial
Yes, we have come a great distance — but we still have a great distance to go. King’s speech was a cogent statement about the need for civil rights, but its deepest purpose was about much more. His dream was about more than racial justice, though racism often represents the greatest moral stain on our society. His dream was about building a society based on simple justice that values the dignity and the worth of every human being.
January 21, 2009 Editorial
The inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, is a sign. It is a symbol of progress we never even imagined was possible during the civil-rights movement. And we were dreamers. We truly believed that through the power of nonviolent action we could actually build a beloved community, a nation at peace with itself. But never in my wildest imagination did I ever believe I would see this day.