Pelosi Statement on the 55th Anniversary of the Selma Marches
San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today released this statement commemorating the series of marches in Selma, Alabama that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965:
“Fifty-five years ago, thousands of brave, patriotic Americans stepped forward for a third and final march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to lay claim to the fundamental right to vote. Despite the violence, tear gas and bloodshed inflicted on them during the previous marches, these heroic men and women, young and old, from every corner of the country marched for justice and equality, and in the process, changed the world forever.
“The courage and determined spirit of the Selma Foot Soldiers summoned a nation to action and finally secured passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Yet, today, the right of every American to access the ballot box faces a relentless assault from Republicans determined to roll back progress and deny the opportunity for every American to have their voices shape the future of our nation. Last year, House Democrats passed H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, to dangerous voter suppression tactics and restore the critical protections of the Voting Rights Act. Now, Leader McConnell must end his outrageous, partisan obstruction and finally take action to pass this critical legislation.
“On this momentous anniversary, we honor the stories of all those who risked everything on the long, dangerous march toward freedom. Led by the Selma hero and Conscience of the Congress, John Lewis, and the voices of all those who continue to fight for justice, House Democrats remain committed to making progress For The People as we work to redeem our nation’s Founding promise that all are created equal.”