"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.
Reps. John Lewis (GA-05) led members of Congress to register their complaints about recent mass raids and deportations by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted under the name Operation Border Guardian. Reps. Lewis, G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Alma S.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Lewis (GA) spoke on the House Floor this morning to condemn Congressional inaction to mass shootings and gun violence in the United States. He made this statement and led a sit-in against the inaction of Congress on this crisis of violence:
"June 19th, 2016, marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day”. On this day, 151 years ago, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas to report the liberating news that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were finally free. They were the last enslaved people to learn about their freedom two years after President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
"It was one year ago today that Charleston, SC and this nation lost nine precious souls. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Daniel Simmons, Sr., Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, and Rev. Clementa Pinckney: they were mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers.