Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding the House Resolution (H.Res.562) to honor and preserve the history of the Selma to Montgomery Marches of 1965 :
“The Selma to Montgomery, Alabama marches of 1965 were a defining moment in our nation’s history, and their impact have made us a stronger and more unified nation. Today, we honor the courage and the patriotism of the 600 men and women who marched for the civil and voting rights of all Americans. Their stand for the freedom and dignity of all Americans was an affirmation of our nation’s founding principle, that all men are created equal.
“Today’s America is a better place because of the marches of 1965. Still, it is paramount that we not allow our young citizens to forget the struggles of the past; for it is through the tireless and selfless vigilance and sacrifice of everyday citizens that our great country continues to grow and change for the better. The marches of 1965 should serve as a constant example for today’s youth, showing them both the strength and the potential of the ideal that is the United States of America.
“We also honor our colleague, John Lewis, for his heroic work during the Selma marches, which proved instrumental in leading the charge for racial equality in America. His passionate and courageous leadership to promote the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 changed this country forever by ensuring that the civil rights of all Americans were protected.
“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. It is a humbling experience to be a part of this year’s civil rights pilgrimage to the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail. Furthermore, I am honored to serve in the United States Congress with an American hero such as our respected colleague from Georgia, Congressman John Lewis.”