Mar 10, 2015

PHOTOS: 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

This past weekend, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy traveled to Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. 

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He was joined by more than 100 members of Congress, marching with a bipartisan group of House and Senate members across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a sign of solidarity with those who crossed in 1965 on their way to Montgomery.

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This march was a pivotal point in the Civil Rights Movement and in our nation’s history.

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In the past half century, our country has grown and changed. And as a country we must honor those who so courageously faced state troopers and deputized citizens all to hold America up to its highest ideals of guaranteeing liberty and justice for all.

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We also honor Congressman John Lewis, for his heroic leadership during the Selma marches and throughout the Civil Rights Movement to realize racial equality in America. Congressman Lewis continues to serve the cause of civil rights today with the same distinction and dedication that he showed on Selma’s Pettus Bridge in 1965.

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NOTE: Over the weekend, President Obama signed H.R. 431 into law, which awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Foot Soldiers of Bloody Sunday. Watch Leader McCarthy speak on the House floor in support of H.R. 431 here.