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Rep. Terri Sewell releases statement on commemorating Bloody Sunday

Congressman John Lewis and Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07)
Congressman John Lewis and Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07)(Caty Payette Press Secretary, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07))
Updated: Mar. 7, 2021 at 7:07 AM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - On Sunday, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) released a statement regarding the commemoration of the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

In her statement, she reflects on what this day represents, and she also recalls a few words from the late Congressman John Lewis.

Her full statement is below:

“Today, commemorate the 56th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day when ordinary Americans in my hometown of Selma, Alabama, brought about extraordinary change as they peacefully demonstrated for the equal right to vote. Each year, we return to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to honor the heroic sacrifices made by those Foot Soldiers, but this year, we will do so without my beloved friend, Congressman John Lewis.

While my heart breaks knowing that John will not lead this year’s commemorative march, my hope is that we will rededicate ourselves to his life’s work by restoring the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. As we’ve recently seen in state legislatures across this nation, voter suppression is alive and well. That is why we must pass H.R. 4, The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, to ensure all Americans can fully participate in our democracy.

At such a great inflection point in our Nation’s history, let us remember John’s words, “Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part,” said Sewell.

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