As we continue celebrating Black History Month, I’ve been thinking of Congressman John Lewis. I miss him now more than ever and know we could use his leadership in these troubled times.
Congressman Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for voting rights, equality and justice. As a civil rights leader, he led marchers over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. As a Congressman, he introduced a bill for over 15 years that would create a national African American museum in Washington, led a sit-in to demand a vote on gun safety legislation, supported policing reforms and inspired a nation to advance our voting rights.
His fight is now our fight.
I am proud to co-sponsor H.R. 1 the For the People Act and H.R. 4 the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in Congress. Both of these bills make it possible for more people to vote and participate in our democracy by strengthening voting rights, addressing voter discrimination, modernizing our voting systems, strengthening ethics rules and increasing election security funding.
Expanding voting rights and access to the ballot box remains a top priority for Democrats in Congress.
As we honor John Lewis’s memory, I hope his life and legacy inspires us to fight for each other, and for our future, as hard as he fought for all of us.