John Lewis

Voting rights legislation named for John Lewis stalled in Congress

BY: - September 1, 2020

Democrats ranging from presidential nominee Joe Biden to party officials in Georgia are pushing for Congress to restore a key element of the Voting Rights Act as a way to honor civil rights icon John Lewis. The late Georgia congressman was a leader in getting Congress to pass the landmark law in 1965. But so […]

‘You just have to act’: 1000s outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

BY: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

On this day in 1965: Michigan House delegation unanimously backs Voting Rights Act 

BY: - August 3, 2020

The U.S. House on Aug. 3, 1965, approved the Voting Rights Act. The bipartisan final tally was an empathic 328-74. The spark that made way for the legislation ignited on March 7, 1965, several hundred civil rights protesters attempted to march from Selma, Ala., to the state capital of Montgomery. One of the marchers was […]

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warns of fascism at forum

BY: - February 20, 2020

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warned of fascism in the United States during an East Lansing appearance Wednesday. She was speaking at the former Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum at Michigan State University. Albright served under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001 and was the first woman to hold that role. She […]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis won’t keynote Lansing MLK Day event

BY: - January 14, 2020

Civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) has canceled a Lansing appearance scheduled for next week. The Dr. Martin Luther King Commission of Mid-Michigan had previously announced that Lewis would give the keynote address at its 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day luncheon on Monday. Lewis announced in December that he would undergo […]