CBC Members Share Their Black History Inspirations

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  • Living the Dream
  • 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. 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)

Rep. John Lewis (Georgia)

Martin Luther King Jr. was my friend, my brother, my mentor, and my leader. If it were not for him, I don’t know where I would be today, probably still picking cotton somewhere outside of Troy, Alabama. Before I met Dr. King, there was an unbelievable fear that filled up all the air and every corner of space all throughout the Deep South. He taught us how we could defend our human dignity and confront a violent adversary with the transformative power of peace. He liberated not just a people, but an entire nation from the burden of hate.

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