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The Washington Post | Walking with giants of the civil rights movement | March 12, 2017 | Jonathan Capehart

It’s not every day you get to walk in the footsteps of giants. Rarer still is being able to do so with them. Thanks to the Faith and Politics Institute’s pilgrimage to Alabama last weekend, that’s exactly what I got to do.

The Washington Post | George Wallace’s daughter: From segregation to ‘making things right’ | March 8, 2017 | Jonathan Capehart

If an enduring face of the pain and promise of the Civil Rights movement is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), then Peggy Wallace Kennedy has become a symbol of racial reconciliation.

The Washington Post | Walking the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis | March 6, 2017 |  Jonathan Capehart

“Write down what’s in your head. Write what’s in your heart,” Peggy Wallace Kennedy told me she told her children when they first walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge years ago. What fine advice to follow after having walked the span with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) over the weekend.

Birmingham Times | Congressional Delegation Tour Birmingham During Civl Rights Pilgrimage | March 4, 2017 | Ariel Worthy

A bipartisan delegation of Congressional members – blacks and whites; Democrats and Republicans; men and women — on Fridaytoured the downtown Birmingham Civil Rights District as part of a pilgrimage to 12 sites including landmarks in Montgomery and Selma.

Birmingham ABC | Rep. John Lewis leads congressional delegation through Alabama civil rights landmarks | March 3, 2017 | Lauren Walsh

Sixteen members of Congress were in Birmingham Friday to begin a pilgrimage through the state’s civil rights landmarks.

Christian Science Monitor | Prayer and politics in Congress | September, 17, 2016 | By Francine Kiefer

How prayer meetings on Capitol Hill inspire fellowship and foster bipartisan lawmaking, though some argue it is too much religion under the rotunda.

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) | Emanuel AME shooting survivors on South Africa civil rights pilgrimage | May 30, 2016 | By Jennifer Berry Hawes

Two survivors of the Emanuel AME Church shooting are in South Africa on a civil rights pilgrimage with the Washington-based Faith & Politics Institute that includes a stop at the prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years.

News2 (NBC, Charleston, SC ) | Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to SC culminates Sunday | March 20, 2016

The Faith and Politics Institute will lead a bipartisan Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina on March 18-20, 2016. A delegation of up to three dozen members of Congress will take part in a journey that explores the unique role of faith and the civil rights history of South Carolina.

NPR News | Members of Congress take part in a civil rights pilgrimage to South Carolina this weekend | March 20 & 21, 2016

The State | Jim Clyburn, Tim Scott lead congressional S.C. civil-rights pilgrimage | March 18, 2016 | By By Jamie Self

A bipartisan congressional delegation launched a civil rights tour of South Carolina on Friday, kicking off events at the Zion Baptist Church in Columbia.

The State | Pilgrimage will give Congressional leaders closer look at SC’s faith, civil rights history | March 17, 2016

Friday is the start of a three-day Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina, exploring the role of faith and civil rights history in South Carolina.

NPR News | Lawmakers To Visit Charleston To Promote Racial Reconciliation | March 13, 2016

NPR “On Being With Krista Tippett” | The Art and Discipline of Nonviolence: An Interview with Rep. John Lewis | January 15, 2015


Most Recent News Releases

November 17, 2016 | Congressman John Lewis Wins National Book Award

The Faith & Politics Institute President Joan Mooney today offered congratulations to U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), following his receipt of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature last night in New York.

July 12, 2016 | The Faith and Politics Remembers Charleston Shooting Victims

Family Members of Charleston Shooting Victims, Members of Congress Gather at U.S. Capitol to Reflect on South Carolina Civil Rights Pilgrimage, Remember Emanuel Nine and Survivors

July 13,2016 | Event Features Panel Discussion & Documentary of South Carolina Civil Rights Pilgrimage

On July 13th, the Faith and Politics Institute will hold an event at the U.S. Capitol that brings together bipartisan, bicameral members of Congress, survivors and family members of victims of the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina one year ago that claimed the lives of nine people practicing their faith. 

March 17, 2016 | Bipartisan Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina March 18-20

The Faith and Politics Institute’s 2016 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina will take place from March 18-20 making stops in Columbia, Orangeburg and Charleston. A bipartisan delegation of 14 members of Congress, including leaders from both political parties, will be led by U.S. House of Representatives Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC), U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and civil rights movement icon U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA).

February 18, 2016 | Statement from Ms. Joan Mooney, President and CEO of The Faith & Politics Institute About The Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina

The Faith and Politics Institute released the following statement from President and CEO Joan Mooney:

"We are looking forward to the pilgrimage to South Carolina this year and the unique civil rights history we will experience there. The pilgrimage offers members of Congress an opportunity to move beyond the polarization of Washington and to strengthen their political leadership by achieving greater personal understanding through meaningful dialogue with their colleagues and deep reflection.”

February 18, 2016 | Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina March 18-20

The Faith and Politics Institute will lead a bipartisan Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina on March 18-20, 2016. A delegation of up to three dozen members of Congress will take part in a journey that explores the unique role of faith and the civil rights history of South Carolina. The pilgrimage will make stops in Columbia, Orangeburg and Charleston and listen to the stories of civil rights luminaries, religious leaders and historians.