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Congressman John Lewis Speaks to the Village
Over 50 people from the community including many FBWE Villagers gathered Tuesday night, May 20, at St. Paul’s Parish on K Street to hear Congressman John Lewis talk about “Civil Rights Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The Foggy Bottom West End Village and the Foggy Bottom Association jointly sponsored the event. Marina Streznewski, President of the Foggy Bottom Association said,” this event symbolizes and mirrors John Lewis’s message about how important it was that we build community”. Susan Haight, President of the Village, echoed those sentiments.
Congressman Lewis shared his personal journey from being born the son of a sharecropper in rural Alabama, to becoming a Freedom Rider, a leader in the civil rights movement and a Congressman who currently has served for over twenty-seven years. He recalled the history of the civil rights movement, the role of non-violence in that movement, the need for a community to have a collective vision, and the importance of forgiveness. His message of hope that was that we can live peacefully, in harmony with equal rights for all.
“We all live in one house, the American house, the world house”.
After a standing ovation, the Congressman took questions from the audience on a wide range of topics including voting rights, the state of civil rights today and the challenges for tomorrow. The Congressman also stayed to talk to individuals, pose for photos and selfies, and signed a few books.