The resolution originated in the office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who wanted to find a way to pay his respects to Lewis and honor the history of the civil rights movement that reached a fever pitch in the month of March, 47 years ago.
Also consulting with Democratic leadership, Cantor worked with Lewis on developing the language of the resolution, and he worked with Sewell and Roby to bring the measure to the floor, in their capacity as Members representing the region in which the historic events took place.
ďAct[s] of leadership, courage and bravery culminated in Congress passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965,Ē Cantor said this morning. ďAt that time, there were just six black Members of Congress; now I am proud to serve with 44 black colleagues.
ďTheir stories are an important part of our nationís heritage and will serve as a reminder of the determination and sacrifice,Ē he said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.