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Winston Salem Journal | Jonathan Capehart: Rep. John Lewis on the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. | April 3, 2018

"I have not gone back to that spot since. It's just been too hard, too difficult."

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., has led an annual civil rights pilgrimage to Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., with the Faith and Politics Institute for 20 years. And every year but one since 1965, the icon told me, he has returned to the sites where he was arrested, brutally beaten and continually bore witness to death in the pursuit of equality under the law for African-Americans. But when it came to Indianapolis, where Lewis was campaigning with Bobby Kennedy on April 4, 1968, the day Martin Luther King was assassinated, Lewis resisted returning. That will change on the 50th anniversary today.


Baltimore Sun | Opinion: Fifty years later, King’s vision must remain Congress’ cause | April 2, 2018

By Steny Hoyer, Ro Khanna

This week, our nation marks the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Last month, we joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle on the Faith and Politics Institute’s annual Civil Rights pilgrimage to pay tribute to King and remember his legacy. Visiting Selma, Montgomery and Memphis on a journey led by our colleague, Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, reinvigorated our determination to fight for civil rights and equality in Congress. Standing in Memphis at the site of King’s murder imbued us with a sense of responsibility to carry on the work he led.


Sojourners | As King Anniversary Nears, 3 Memphis Sites Key to His Legacy Draw Visitors | March 29, 2018

Within close proximity of each other in downtown Memphis sit three historic buildings — two of them houses of worship — crucial to the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


CNN | Video: Following John Lewis on civil rights journey 'touched by the spirit of history' | March 9, 2018

"Touched by the spirit of history."

It's how congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, told 16-year-old Charlotte Potes she should describe her pull toward activism to her skeptical parents.

It was also how every one of us on last weekend's remarkable civil rights pilgrimage felt: touched by the spirit of history.


Alabama News Center | Faith & Politics Institute to meet in Birmingham this week  |  February 28, 2018

The Faith & Politics Institute will convene in Birmingham this weekend to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Pilgrimage, and recognize the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A contingency of bipartisan U.S. Congressional leaders, including Alabama’s U.S. senators and representatives will attend this year’s festivities.


Washington Post | Steve Scalise, Steny Hoyer and 15 other lawmakers want to help you have a civil Thanksgiving dinner | November 21, 2017

So it has come to this: Our national mood has deteriorated to the point that it has become so partisan, so toxic and so contentious that dozens of civic groups have joined to promote a guide to keeping your Thanksgiving dinner conversation from degenerating into a shout-a-rama worthy of a cable news set.




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.



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


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 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.