March 8, 2015 - Letter from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi


                                                                          March 8, 2015




Dear Friend:

Yesterday in Selma, Alabama, my colleagues and I paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the historic Marches from Selma to Montgomery, which paved the way for the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.

It was my high honor to join Republicans and Democrats on the same bridge, Edmund Pettus Bridge, where hundreds of deeply courageous men and women of all backgrounds marched for equal rights for African Americans 50 years ago.  I was especially privileged to share this day with my friend and esteemed colleague, Congressman John Lewis, who as a young man led the marches for freedom and equality.

At today's Civil Rights Memorial wreath-laying ceremony in Montgomery, we honored those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for justice – a struggle that continues to this day.  There is more to do, to protect voting rights and to ensure that all lives are valued.  Americans across the country still face barriers to the ballot box; civil rights are violated; and we see daily assaults on the dignity of our immigrant community.

Fifty years after a 25-year-old John Lewis and other civil rights icons led the Marches from Selma to Montgomery, we must recommit ourselves to the lofty spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.  Because, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  Let us come together, united against oppression and injustice, and bend the arc of history toward justice and progress for all.

best regards,