CBC Members Share Their Black History Inspirations

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  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
  • Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (New Jersey)
  • Rep. Joyce Beatty (Ohio)
  • Rep. Hank Johnson (Georgia)
  • Rep. André Carson (Indiana)
  • Rep. Karen Bass (California)
  • Rep. Steven Horsford (Nevada)
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  • CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (Ohio)
  • Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)
  • Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson
  • Rep. Lacy Clay (Missouri)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush
  • Rep. Gwen Moore (Wisconsin)

Rep. Joyce Beatty (Ohio)

When I am fighting today’s battles for justice and equality for all, I often look to Rosa Parks for inspiration and I gain my second wind. Because of a single act of bravery that helped fuel a national movement to end racial segregation, her life is a shining example of what one woman can do through courage and perseverance. I know that because of Rosa Parks’ civil rights activism, my voice will be one of change that will continue the fight for voting rights and equal rights and to end discrimination wherever it exists.

(Photos: CBS/Landov; Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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