"The death of Michael Brown is a grave tragedy the community of Ferguson, Missouri should not have to bear. How many more young men of color will be killed before we realize that we have a problem in America? We are permitting the incarceration and shooting of thousands of black and brown boys in their formative years who might have become great artists, leaders, sci
Today Rep. John Lewis learned of the passing of John Siegenthaler--a pivotal civil rights reporter for The Tennessean in Nashville who would ultimately rise to become editor, publisher, and chairman emeritus of the journal. He was the founding editorial director of USA Today and a director on the board of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Rep.
"Today this nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson. Over the years it, along with the Voting Rights Act, has been hailed by many legal historians as one of the most transformative pieces of legislation ever passed by the U.S. Congress.
WASHINGTON—In 2004, a bill sponsored by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in the House and by Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) in the Senate was passed by the U.S. Congress, granting a Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. posthumously and to Mrs. Coretta Scott King. The minting of the medals takes about a year’s time. Unfortunately, Mrs.
"Fifty years ago this month thousands of college students from around the country came to Mississippi during their summer break to help register black citizens to vote. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, under the direction of its Mississippi lead, Bob Moses, had been working in the state for several years.
U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced today that the 5th District was granted $700,000 in affordable housing funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta), one of the 12 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System.
Rep. John Lewis made this statement today upon hearing that President Obama intends to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
"Today we have lost an American icon, one of the most talented, committed and dedicated artists of our time. Not only did Ruby Dee--along with her husband Ossie Davis-- portray the lives of African Americans in film with eloquence and integrity, she had the rare ability to speak truth to power. She used the time she was given to live a life that stood for what is fair, what is rig
Periodically, Rep. John Lewis is notified that organizations within the 5th Congressional District have been selected to receive a variety of federal grants. This federal grants announcement will advise press and constituents of these notifications. This announcement details about $17,096,767 in federal grants coming to the 5th Congressional District.
WASHINGTON -- This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted the Cost of War amendment authored by Rep. John Lewis during consideration of H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).