FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
WASHINGTON – 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.
"While great strides have been made to begin to heal the racial divisions and injustices of the past, the 2015 Charleston massacre is a heart-breaking reminder that there is much more work to do as we strive for that more perfect union envisioned by the founders of this great nation."
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 civil rights history of South Carolina visiting Columbia, Orangeburg and Charleston and listening to the stories of civil rights luminaries, religious leaders and historians.