It was an incredible honor to join President Obama, his family, and thousands of advocates from across the country and pay tribute to civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, and countless others who fought for the right to vote and secured the passage of the monumental Voting Rights Act of 1965. As we see some states chip away at these fundamental rights and as we continue the ongoing conversation—and struggle—around race in this country, remembering our not-so-distant past will help us do better for our children.
After our trip, I held an interfaith community conversation in Meriden with faith leaders from across central and northwest Connecticut. Here’s what the Meriden Record-Journal had to say about my event:
“U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, wasted no time taking the lessons learned over the weekend in Selma, Alabama, back home to stimulate ideas for improved democracy and equal opportunity.”
Read the entire article and share with me how you think we can best honor the 50th anniversary of Selma and the Voting Rights Act. I look forward to hearing from you!