Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee; David Scott (D-GA), a senior member of the Financial Services Committee; John Conyers, Jr.
Today, Rep. John Lewis introduced this resolution honoring the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The text of the resolution is attached. He made this statement upon introduction of the legislation:
Rep. Lewis made the following speech on the House floor today after previous remarks made by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other colleagues to encourage the Speaker of the House to bring gun control legislation to the floor. After Lewis’s speech, he asked his colleagues to join him in the well of the House. Ten members and Lewis stood quietly in the well. He was joined by Reps.
"On August 6, 1965--51 years ago--I was looking over the shoulder of President Lyndon Johnson as he signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 into law. It was a crowning moment in the struggle for human dignity in this country that opened access to the ballot box for millions of Americans.
In advance of Nelson Mandela International Day and in response to recent violence, Congressman Lewis introduced a revised and updated version of the Securing American Families by Educating and Training You (SAFETY) through Nonviolence Act and the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act.
Rep. John Lewis made this statement on the House floor to question the adjournment of the House when pressing matters of national interest still need to be worked on by Members of Congress:
Today, Rep. John Lewis made comments about the series of shootings American communities have faced in recent days, including the horrific murder of police officers in Dallas. This statement is based on the comments he made during a Congressional Black Caucus press conference today.
Like so many Americans, I had a chance to view the murder of Alton Sterling on video. I am not an expert, but to me, it looked like an execution. I cannot understand why any citizen who is complying with police commands should need to fear for his life and then be murdered. The lives of his wife and children are shattered. How can they ever be repaired?
“The world community has lost a giant—one of the most dedicated, committed champions of human rights it has ever known. He transmuted his survival of the worst horrors of the Holocaust in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald camps to become a gifted, poetic voice that called for the liberation of all human kind.