Alabama Political Reporter: Congress members visit Alabama for annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Over 50 members of the United States Congress visited Alabama for the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage on Friday.

The Congress members visited the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which was bombed in 1963, killing four little girls. The members of Congress attended a play about the life, times and tragic deaths of the four little girls. Following the event at the church, the congressional delegation toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where they spoke to reporters.

Montgomery Advertiser: National congressional delegation visits Montgomery lynching memorial

When Bettie Mae Fikes let loose her first notes beneath the pendulous metal pillars at the Memorial for Peace and Justice, she couldn't help but think of their last thoughts.

"I wondered what was on their minds at the time they were lynched," Fikes said of the men and women memorialized in corten steel above her. "Sometimes I think of the last thought — the last thought, was it fear? Did it feel like they were coming home?"

Souther Poverty Law Center: Congressional, civil rights leaders gather at Civil Rights Memorial to honor movement’s martyrs

U.S. Rep. John Lewis led a gathering of congressional and civil rights leaders in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, today, honoring those who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights.

Alabama News Center Bipartisan congressional delegation tours Alabama civil rights sites

A bipartisan delegation of U.S. Congress members visited Birmingham on Friday as part of a three-day tour of the state’s civil rights history.

 The 2019 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage is organized by the nonprofit Faith & Politics Institute, which offers tours, retreats, forums and reflection groups to members of Congress and their staffs.

Bham Now: Faith & Politics Institute Weekend

Coincidentally, the Launchpad finale coincides with the first day of Faith and Politics Institute Weekend in Selma. The annual weekend brings hundreds of lawmakers from Washington, D.C. for a weekend of discussion and reflection about the civil rights movement. The weekend culminates with the historic walk from Montgomery to Selma across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

“The leadership and government in Selma have been great at accommodating all of us. Everyone is pulling together. The people in Selma are great! They are doing it all this weekend, and we appreciate all their hard work,” Spencer said.

Alabama Today: Doug Jones, Terri Sewell, Martha Roby join forces to lead Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Members of the Alabama delegation are putting their politics aside and joining forces to lead a bipartisan congressional delegation of nearly 50 members from the U.S. House and U.S. Senate on the 2019 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

Buffalo News: Reed joins renewed effort to pass Equal Rights Amendment

In an interview Tuesday, Reed said his interest in the amendment took root in a Faith and Politics Institute pilgrimage he made last year to Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women's rights movement, which is in Reed's district.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a Manhattan Democrat, accompanied Reed on the pilgrimage. And over the several days they spent together, Maloney asked Reed if he would be the lead Republican co-sponsor on a House effort to revive the Equal Rights Amendment.

"I just said: 'I'm totally on board with this – whatever you need from me,' " Reed said.