03.18.16

East Bay Students Join Congresswoman Barbara Lee on Civil Rights Pilgrimage to South Carolina

Oakland, CA - Congresswoman Barbara Lee and students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center will travel to South Carolina to participate in the Faith & Politics Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

“The Faith & Politics Annual Congressional Pilgrimage provides an opportunity for future generations to reflect on the Civil Rights Movement and gain greater understanding of how it has shaped our country. This Pilgrimage also provides an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work of advance civil rights and human rights at home and abroad,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “I am so pleased that the amazing students from the MLK Freedom Center could join me for this inspiring and transformative trip.”

The annual trip, which begins today and ends Sunday, includes 14 Members of Congress and 5 Senators. Participants will tour South Carolina and learn about the Civil Rights Movement in the state.  They will also join in discussions with family members of the victims killed in the Emanuel AME Church tragedy.

 “The Freedom Center student delegates look forward to accompanying Congresswoman Barbara Lee to historic sites in South Carolina as they study inequality in our nation,” said Roy Wilson, Executive Director of the MLK Freedom Center.   “Our students are prepared for the important work of tying past civil rights struggle to today’s challenge as they work to confront racism and create unity and democracy in the East Bay and across the country.”

Congresswoman Lee is the founding chair of the MLK Freedom Center, which is dedicated to Dr. King’s ideals of non-violence, social change, racial and economic justice, and world peace.

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Democrat Whip Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity.