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House Proceeding 06-23-08 on Jun 23rd, 2008 :: 0:59:26 to 1:04:10
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John Jr.Conyers

0:59:11 to 0:59:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: and indeed around the world. the remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. lewis: madam speaker, i want to thank mr. conyers, the chairman of the

John Lewis

0:59:26 to 0:59:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: full committee, for his leadership and for his dedication to the issue and the cause of civil rights. for bringing this resolution to the floor. madam speaker, i rise today to pay tribute to the

John Lewis

0:59:26 to 1:04:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Lewis

John Lewis

0:59:45 to 1:00:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: courage and conviction of three young men, andy goodman, james chaney, and michael schwerner. on june 21, 1964, they gave her lives in a struggle for voting rights in america. there was a

John Lewis

1:00:04 to 1:00:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: time just 44 years ago when it was almost impossible in the americans for -- in the americas for people of color to register and vote. i traveled around the country encouraging young people

John Lewis

1:00:20 to 1:00:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: to come to mississippi to get involved with the freedom summer. the summer of 1964. at that time the state of mississippi had a black population of voting age of more than 450,000, but only

John Lewis

1:00:34 to 1:00:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: about 18,000 blacks were registered to vote. it was dangerous, very dangerous, for those of us who believed that everyone should have the right to vote. but in spite of the risks, there were

John Lewis

1:00:49 to 1:01:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: people young and old, black and white, rich and poor, people like andy goodman, james chaney, and michael schwerner who put aside the comfort of their own lives to make sur e that every

John Lewis

1:01:07 to 1:01:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: citizen had free and fair access to the ballot not only in mississippi but throughout america. michael schwerner was a 24-year-old white man from brooklyn, new york. was already a participant

John Lewis

1:01:22 to 1:01:38( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: in the movement. andy goodman was also white, a 21-year-old student at queens college in new york. james chaney was a 21-year-old african-american man from mississippi who decided to steak

John Lewis

1:01:38 to 1:01:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: a -- take a stand for justice in his own commute, in his own state. on the morning of june 21, 1964, these three young men drove t longdale, mississippi, to investigate the burning of a

John Lewis

1:01:50 to 1:02:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: african-american church. on their way back they were arrested, illegally stopped, detained by the sheriff, and taken to jail in philadelphia, mississippi. that same evening they were released

John Lewis

1:02:09 to 1:02:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: from the jail by the sheriff and turned over to the klan. they were beaten, shot, and killed. their burnt blue ford station wagon was pulled from a creek just two days later. i joined the

John Lewis

1:02:25 to 1:02:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: search for them that night with a very heavy heart. their bodies wereth found a few weeks later, about six weeks later, on august 4, 1964, buried on -- under a mound of dirt. madam speaker, i

John Lewis

1:02:37 to 1:02:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: share their story today so that members of congress will realize that the struggle for civil rights has been a long hard road littered by the b attered and broken bodies of countless men

John Lewis

1:02:51 to 1:03:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: and women who paid the ultimate price for precious right, the right to vote, the right to participate in a democratic process. andy goodman, james chaney, and mi ckey schwerner did not die in

John Lewis

1:03:09 to 1:03:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: europe. they did not die in asia or in africa. they did not die in central america or in the middle east. they died right here in america , in the american south. i knew these three young men.

John Lewis

1:03:21 to 1:03:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: so, madam speaker, i urge all of my colleagues tofo vote for this resolution to pay tribute to these three young men and so many others who died in the struggle for voting rights in s america.

John Lewis

1:03:36 to 1:03:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: we must never forget their sacrifices, for their suffering, their pain, and their death. as members of the united states ho use of representatives it is our duty, our mission, our mandate

John Lewis

1:03:53 to 1:04:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Lewis: to make sure that these three young menme did not die in vain. thank you, madam speaker. m i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman

John Jr.Conyers

1:04:10 to 1:04:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i'm delighted now to recognize dr. james mcdermott of washington state, a dedicated leader for universal health coverage and civil

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