John Lewis endorses Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial

1:23 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) reviews the schematic of the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial in his Washington office last Thursday with members of the organizing committee (Photo credit: Jacob Gillison)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Annapolis-based Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Committee, Inc. says Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) endorsed the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial at a meeting last week. Rep. Lewis was the youngest speaker, at age 23, and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at the time of the 1963 March on Washington.

Committee representatives told us that Lewis said during the meeting last week, "As the last living speaker from the 1963 March on Washington I am proud to be on the memorial that the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Committee will unveil as the nation's first to the 250,000 'foot soldiers' of the March - the ordinary citizens who risked the threat of personal harm to magnify the impact of the words of the civil rights leaders who spoke that day. These men and women played an important role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965."

The memorial will be unveiled on Wednesday. The Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial includes the names of more than 500 foot soldiers.

The ceremony for the memorial will take place at 10 a.m. in Whitmore Park on the corner of Clay and Calvert Streets in Annapolis.  Annapolis residents traveled to the March from a bus depot there in 1963.

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