WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will participate in the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage from March 1-3, 2013. The annual pilgrimage is led by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and organized by the Faith and Politics Institute. Congressman Cantor will be joined by a bipartisan delegation of Members of Congress on the three-day journey through Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama.
“I am proud to participate in this year’s civil rights pilgrimage alongside Congressman John Lewis, who courageously paved the way for a better life for future generations. We have the opportunity to come together and celebrate this powerful moment in history. I look forward to visiting the sites of so many landmark civil rights events and reflecting on the sacrifice that shaped the greater democracy we live in today."
This year's pilgrimage marks the 50th anniversaries of the desegregation of the University of Alabama, the Birmingham Children's Crusade, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, and the Martin Luther King letters from Birmingham Jail. The pilgrimage will include visits to all of these sites and end by commemorating the 1965 march across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.
In addition to Leader Cantor, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will serve as honorary co-leaders. Representatives Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Martha Roby (R-AL), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) will serve as honorary co-hosts.