“It was today 54 years ago that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. Just five months after Bloody Sunday, the conflict on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, Johnson introduced legislation that responded to the demand that all Americans participate equally in the democratic process.
“We have lost one of the most admired and gifted writers of our time. My late wife, Lillian, loved Toni Morrison’s and even came to know her as a friend. Toni Morrison was unapologetically black, mining the “rich” heritage of the African American story to reveal truths of our lives that we might never have seen had she not committed words to the page.
I did not author, but agreed to sign on as a cosponsor of H. Res.
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) made the following statement on the floor of the House today regarding H. Res. 489, a Resolution Condemning President Trump’s Racist Comments Directed at Members of Congress:
“Madam Speaker, I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution.
“As people of good conscience and concerned citizens of this nation, we must condemn the planned raids of the homes, communities, and workplaces of allegedly undocumented immigrants.
“It is with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of Philip Freelon, the architect who was the principal designer of the National Museum of African Amer
WASHINGTON- Rep. John Lewis joined Rep.
Today during a news conference calling attention to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision that “gutted” the Voting Rights Act, Rep. John Lewis made the following statement:
“I have said this before, and I will say it again. The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.
WASHINGTON- Due to significant bipartisan agreement, so rare in these times, that the thoughtfully deliberated provisions of the Taxpayer First Act will significantly assist the American people, the bill has been revised and reintroduced by Chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Ranking Member Mike Kelly (R-PA).
WASHINGTON – In the United States, there are more than 400,000 children in the child welfare system. Of these foster youth, over 100,000 children eagerly await a permanent family. Unfortunately, LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system. An estimated 30 percent of foster youth identify as LGBTQ, and they are more likely to experience poor treatment, discrimination, or violenc