Costa to Join Civil Rights Pilgrimage, Mark Freedom Summer

Washington, DC—Rep. Jim Costa will travel with a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives to the Mississippi Delta and Selma, Alabama,with civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis. The trip will mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and commemorate the 1965 crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Fresno City Councilmember Oliver Baines will accompany Costa on the pilgrimage.

“Looking back nowsome might believe that the outcome of the Civil Rights movement was inevitable, but history teaches us that it was not. The sacrifices and lives given in the name of equality, civil rights, and access to the ballot box were not made in vain,” said Costa. “This journey is about honoring the legacy that is still alive today and reflecting on how we can come together now to move our nation forward. We take this trip not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans still hoping to heal the historic fault lines that have divided us in order to make a more perfect union.”

Councilmember Baines added, “It is humbling to know that I will be walking the same ground where our civil right leaders took a stand half a century ago and moved our nation forward. This trip is an unbelievable opportunity to join with national leaders and reflect on how far we have come, where we are now, and where we are going.”

The Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage is hosted by the Faith and Politics Institute, which is a nonpartisan organization committed to encouraging civility and engagement. This is the Institute’s 14th pilgrimage and will include visits to the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden, Medgar Ever’s Home, and historic Tougaloo College.