Fifty years ago, civil rights activists set out to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to ensure that every American can exercise their right to vote. This past weekend, my youngest son, Jonathan, and I joined President Obama and thousands from across the country to pay tribute to civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, and countless others who risked their lives for the right to vote and secured the passage of the monumental Voting Rights Act of 1965.
As we see some states chip away at these fundamental rights and as we continue the ongoing conversation—and struggle—around race in this country, remembering our not-so-distant past will help us do better for our children.
After our trip, I held an interfaith community conversation in Meriden with faith leaders from across central and northwest Connecticut. Here’s what the Meriden Record-Journal had to say about our event:
“U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, wasted no time taking the lessons learned over the weekend in Selma, Alabama, back home to stimulate ideas for improved democracy and equal opportunity.”
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*Photo caption: Here’s a photo I took in Selma as we were preparing to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I was very moved by the words of President Obama and civil rights leader and marcher, Congressman John Lewis.