Congressman John Lewis, who is the only survivor in the group who spoke originally at the march on Washington fifty years ago, delivered a speech today at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A 23 year old activist in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Rep. Lewis asked at the 1963 event, “Where is the political party that would make it unnecessary to march on Washington?”
Today Congressman Lewis, an elder statements of the civil rights movement, said that we still have a distance to go as the scars of racism remain imbedded in American society. Invoking issues such as stop-and-frisk, poverty, hunger, incarceration, and voting rights, Lewis urged Americans to continue to push for progress.
View the speech below: