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U.S. representatives take part in Civil Rights Pilgrimage

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Congressional representatives with the Faith and Politics Institutes Civil Rights Pilgrimage are visiting the magnolia state.

The 14th annual tour stopped at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church Saturday after visiting the Medgar Evers home and Tougaloo College.

More than 20 members of the U.S. House and Senate are learning about Bloody Sunday and Freedom Summer.

"I first came to Mississippi in 1961 to go on a Freedom Ride and since then so much has changed in this state, and we wanted to see what people are doing to come together," said Rep. John Lewis (D) of Georgia. 

Here in Jackson we're learning about the terrific role that the folks here played to overcome the challenge of hatred and injustice," added Rep. Eric Cantor (R), Majority House Leader. 

Governor Phil Bryant will host a reception for the group Saturday evening.

Sunday they will re-enact the 1965 march across the Edmond Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama

 

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