Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement

Posted by Megan Whittemore on

Leader Cantor stands alongside Congressman John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

This past weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor joined Congressman John Lewis and a bipartisan delegation on the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage through Alabama.

Following this trip, Leader Cantor said:

"As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of so many pivotal moments in the civil rights movement, I felt it important to make the trip to Alabama to honor the sacrifices of patriots like John Lewis who stood on the front lines making them possible. I was especially moved by the gesture of Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy who presented John Lewis with the badge off his uniform apologizing for the police department's failure to protect the African American community in those turbulent days of the '50's and '60's. Reflecting on these important moments in our nation's history, I look forward to focusing on ways in which together we can continue to confront challenges and solve the nation's problems."

Here are some more photos from the events: 

Leader Cantor and his son Mikey share a moment together on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

Singer Bettie Mae Fikes embraces Leader Cantor after a powerful evening of singing and celebration.

Leader Cantor addresses the Congressional Delegation at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. 

Leader Cantor and his son Mikey talk with Dorothy Cotton who helped lead the Children's Crusade.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Leader Cantor and Congresswoman Terri Sewell enjoy some home cooking.

Leader Cantor jokes with two young students during lunch at First Baptist Church.

Leader Cantor shakes hands with Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy outside First Baptist Church.

Congressman Aaron Shock and Leader Cantor participate in a lively program at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

Whip Steny Hoyer, Leader Cantor and John Lewis during a moving ceremony at the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial.

Leader Cantor and his son Mikey meet Ruby Bridges who helped integrate New Orleans schools in the 1960s. 

Leader Cantor thanks Georgette Norman the Director of the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery.

Additional photos from Leader Cantor’s trip are available here on Flickr.





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