8th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama, March 2-4, 2007 Pilgrimage to Serve as Renewed Call for Courageous Congressional Service to the American People

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) will lead and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), and Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) will host the 8th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage the weekend of March 2-4, 2007. As in past years, the delegation, including roughly 30 members of Congress, will visit sites in Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma with Civil Rights leaders and historians such as Bernard Lafayette, Dorothy Cotton, Harris Wofford, Bettie Mae Fikes, and others.     The Civil Rights Pilgrimage is an irreplaceable opportunity to walk through living history with those who transformed the face of America. It is akin to walking through Gettysburg with Lincoln or Valley Forge with Washington.     Since 1998, The Faith & Politics Institute has led seven bipartisan Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimages to Alabama, affording over 100 members of the U.S. House and Senate an experiential journey through the history of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Described by some as one of the most valuable experiences they have had while in Congress, the pilgrimages bring people together across political, religious and racial lines. This year's delegation will include members of Congress and their guests, religious leaders, journalists, major donors, FPI staff and board members, and Civil Rights Luminaries.     Through the voices of these leaders, we will rediscover moments that reverberated around the world and changed forever the cultural consciousness of America. The models of political and spiritual leadership born out of the movement, serve today as beacons of courageous service to the nation and to the world.     Objectives for the pilgrimage include:     -- Highlighting the Civil Rights Movement not as an end in itself, but as        a beginning point in the movement toward a greater America     -- Equipping members of Congress to better serve the American people     -- Enhancing appreciation of our diverse democracy     -- Dramatizing the roll that spirituality and courage played in shaping        our nation     Join us on the journey as those who led the Civil Rights Movement work with members of Congress in our common quest to heal the wounds that divide our nation and our world.     Contact: Walker Lambert (202) 546-1299  

SOURCE The Faith & Politics Institute

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