Less than a week after the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a civil rights leader marked another anniversary. Monday morning, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) tweeted “ 53 years ago 53 yrs ago today I was released from Parchman Penitentiary after being arrested in Jackson for using "white" restroom.” That tweet contained Lewis’ Jackson Police Department mugshot. The photo went viral, receiving more than 20,000 retweets. Lewis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he sent the tweet to “educate and inform people who were not even born 53 years ago.”
At least eight Democratic members of the House were among about 200 people arrested Tuesday after they blocked a main street near the Capitol during a massive rally seeking to push Republicans to hold a vote on a stalled immigration reform bill.
Congressman John Lewis will speak at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Saturday. It’s to commemorate 50 years since the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis is the last living member of the six march organizers. They were calling for civil rights for African-Americans.
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act is drawing emotional responses from minority lawmakers. Recounting their roles in getting the 1965 law passed, Congressmen John Lewis of Georgia and John Conyers of Michigan say the court's decision ignores history and the continuing efforts to deny voting rights to minorities.