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March 18, 2011

Commemorating the 46th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday

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(Mr. BARROW asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. BARROW. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 46th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and to recognize the courage of my colleague, Congressman John Lewis, and the many other heroes of the civil rights movement.

A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to retrace the footsteps of history with John Lewis and walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. There, nearly 50 years ago, some 600 demonstrators marched to take a stand for African American voting rights. On the bridge, they were savagely attacked by State and local lawmen to prohibit their crossing. Journalists captured those brutal attacks, sparking outrage that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Congressman Lewis recently returned to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Again he was met by a large group of police--this time as an honor guard.

We have come a long way in the last 50 years, and we still have a long way to go to ensure equality and justice for all. But we never could have come as far as we have without the courage and the devotion of countless men and women just like John Lewis.

(House of Representatives - March 17, 2011)

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