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House Proceeding 04-01-08 on Apr 1st, 2008 :: 2:52:20 to 2:56:01
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John Jr.Conyers

2:52:08 to 2:52:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: civil rights leader in his own right, but he worked closely with dr. king and sclc and sncc, other civil rightsl organizations, i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from georgia, mr. john

John Lewis

2:52:20 to 2:52:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: lewis for as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished gentleman is recognized. mr. lewis: mr. speaker, i want to tnk my friend and colleague, chairman conyers, for

John Lewis

2:52:20 to 2:56:01( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Lewis

John Lewis

2:52:34 to 2:52:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: yielding. mr. speaker, i think it is fitting and appropriate that we pause as a nation and as a people to remember the life of dr. martin luther king jr. a man who changed america forever.

John Lewis

2:52:52 to 2:53:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: dr. martin luther king jr. was assassinated in memphis, tennessee, on april 4, 1968. he had emerged as a leader, not just for a people, but for a nation. his leadership and commitment to a truly interracial

John Lewis

2:53:08 to 2:53:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: democracy played a key role in ending legal segregation in america. he led the first major nonviolent campaign in modern america when he emerged as the leader of the montgomery busboy

John Lewis

2:53:25 to 2:53:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: cot that lasted 381 days. -- montgomery bus boycott that lasted 381 days. he inspired thousands of people to follow the way of nonviolence. in doing so he inspired other movements and had

John Lewis

2:53:45 to 2:54:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: an effect on so many young people and some not so young. just think, a few srt years ago in america, there were signs that said white women, colored women, white men, colored men. white

John Lewis

2:54:00 to 2:54:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: waiting, colored waiting. there was segregation in public accommodations and transportation. men and women of color could not even register to vote. dr. king created a climate, created an environment that

John Lewis

2:54:16 to 2:54:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: the power of the courts, the power of congress, and the president of the united states couldn't look the other way. they couldn't say no. in his short life, he led the american people on a journey

John Lewis

2:54:30 to 2:54:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: that is ongoing even today. mr. speaker, i would never -- i will never forget coming to washington with him in early june, 1963. we met with president kennedy and other leaders in his

John Lewis

2:54:46 to 2:55:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: administration. dr. king informed the president there was a crisis in our country and that he had to act. later, dr. king came back to washington to speak at the march on washington. this time,

John Lewis

2:55:02 to 2:55:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: he was able to bring 250,000 americans, black and white, and people of all faiths and backgrounds. on that day, he transformed the steps of the lincoln memorial to a modern-day pulpit. on

John Lewis

2:55:20 to 2:55:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: that day, he shared his dream of the beloved community, a truly interracial democracy. i can still hear him saying, i have a dream today. a dream deeply rooted in the american dream. mr. speaker,

John Lewis

2:55:35 to 2:55:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: today we encourage all citizens, especially our young people to take time to reflect on the teachings and the leadership of martin luther king jr. our nation is a better place and we

John Lewis

2:55:47 to 2:56:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: are a better people because of him. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan controls the time. the gentleman

John Jr.Conyers

2:56:01 to 2:56:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: from texas? mr. smith: i don't have any speakers at this time, i yield yi the balance of my time to the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers. the speaker pro tempore: the yet -- the gentleman

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