Leading Democrats gather for funeral of SC’s Emily Clyburn
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leading congressional Democrats and some of the party's presidential contenders gathered Sunday for the funeral of Emily Clyburn, wife of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn...
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr.'s hometown of Richmond, Virginia has renamed a major thoroughfare after him, after years of effort.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio university is honoring a Mississippi church for its ties to the 1964 Freedom Summer push for civil rights.
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis urged graduates of Framingham State University in Massachusetts on Sunday to "get in trouble" and to build "bridges, not walls."
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN Films is developing a documentary on civil rights icon and Georgia congressman John Robert Lewis.
The network announced Wednesday that "Gideon's Army" director Dawn...
Members of Congress make civil rights pilgrimage in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of members of Congress are making a weekend-long civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama, visiting historic spots and memorials to the struggle for racial...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on lawmakers' civil rights pilgrimage through Alabama (all times local):
Dozens of members of Congress toured a memorial to lynching...
Lewis to deliver commencement speech at Massachusetts school
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Framingham State University in Massachusetts has announced that U.S. Rep. and civil rights leader John Lewis has agreed to deliver the school's commencement address this...
Michelle Yeoh, John Lewis talk Oscars inclusion
Public visitation to be held for longtime Rep. John Dingell
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A public visitation will be held in Michigan to honor John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, who died last week at age 92.
The visitation will be Monday at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in his hometown of Dearborn, a Detroit suburb. A funeral will be held Tuesday at a local church.
Rep. John Lewis sides with NFL players who want to protest
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis believes sometimes people have to kneel before they can be heard so he supports NFL players who want to peacefully demonstrate against police brutality and social injustice.
Pelosi claims ‘overwhelming support’ for 2nd act as speaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers trying to oust Nancy Pelosi started rallying behind a possible contender Thursday, but the House Democratic leader gained key endorsements and said she has "overwhelming support" to become the next speaker.
Pelosi picked up backing from Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader, while a who's-who of Democrats — including former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State John Kerry — advocated on her behalf.
Atlanta renames street after civil rights icon John Lewis
ATLANTA (AP) — Noting U.S. Rep. John Lewis' life of "raw courage," Atlanta officials renamed a street for the civil rights icon Wednesday.
Freedom Parkway, a four-lane conduit to the Carter Center, will now be called John Lewis Freedom Parkway.
Rep. John Lewis campaigns for US House hopeful in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis on Sunday urged voters to support a state legislator who national Democrats believe has a chance at flipping a Republican-held congressional seat in central Arkansas.
The civil rights icon from Georgia praised fellow Democrat Clarke Tucker as he headlined an event with the state representative, who's trying to unseat incumbent Republican French Hill in central Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the 78-year-old civil rights icon and veteran congressman from Georgia, was released from the hospital Sunday evening after his weekend admission for an undisclosed reason.
Lewis' spokeswoman, Brenda Jones, said in an emailed statement that Lewis left the hospital a day after he was admitted for "routine observation."
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on hospital stay of U.S. Rep. John Lewis (all times local):
A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Lewis says the civil rights icon has been released from the hospital.
Spokeswoman Brenda Jones said in an emailed statement that Lewis left the hospital Sunday evening, a day after he was admitted for undisclosed reasons. She says medical tests have all been completed and that doctors have given Lewis a "clean bill of health."
ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been hospitalized for undisclosed reasons.
Citing a statement from Lewis' office, WSB-TV reports that the 78-year-old Georgia congressman was "resting comfortably" in a hospital Saturday night for "routine observation."
The statement says Lewis expects to be released Sunday.
Thousands march to protest Trump immigration policy
ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands have marched peacefully in downtown Atlanta as part of a nationwide protest of a U.S. immigration policy that has separated children from their parents.
Atlanta to bring human rights murals to city for Super Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — In the months leading up to the 2019 Super Bowl, some of Atlanta's bare walls will get a makeover.
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the Art Institute of Atlanta's commencement ceremony.
Lewis is scheduled to speak during the 11 a.m. Monday event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre northwest of Atlanta.
The Georgia Democrat and civil rights worker led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, during the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" march. The protest ended with marchers being brutally attacked by law enforcement officers.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis says he didn't know his friend was running against Gov. Gina Raimondo when he endorsed her in the race.
Several thousand gather at Arlington to mark RFK’s death
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Fifty years after his death, Robert F. Kennedy's words remain powerful. At ceremonies Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, speakers paid homage to his oratory by simply reciting excerpts of his speeches to a crowd of several thousand that gathered to remember him.
Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia quoted Kennedy's speech after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., which occurred just two months before Kennedy himself was shot and killed.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Civil rights activist U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to address Harvard University graduates.
The Ivy League school is hosting its 367th commencement ceremony on Thursday with a keynote speech from Lewis.
It caps several days of activities that also featured speeches from Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) and Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.
Civil rights icon, Trump critic speak at BU commencement
BOSTON (AP) — A civil rights icon and a Caribbean politician who tangled with President Donald Trump offered Boston University graduates some choice words on America's cultural rifts.
"We have a right to know what is in the food we eat, what is in the water we drink and what is in the air we breathe," said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, who gave the university's commencement address on Sunday.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A $30,000 donation to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will help pay admission costs for students, poor people and older people.
A group called Friends of Mississippi Civil Rights Inc. presented a check to museum leaders Wednesday. The money was raised by a Feb. 22 gala in Jackson that celebrated the museum.
Rep. John Lewis speaks at Saint Joseph’s University
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) shared some insight about his work as a civil rights crusader as he spoke Monday morning at Saint Joseph’s University.
His presentation culminated SJU’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on the campus in 1967. Lewis is one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and was an architect of the historic March on Washington.
John Lewis ‘honored and blessed’ to throw out first pitch
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia threw out the first pitch Sunday as part of Jackie Robinson Day/Black Heritage Day at Nationals Park.
Major league teams around the country honored Robinson on Sunday on the anniversary of the legend breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Bryce Harper signs endorsement deal with barbershop chain
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the National League MVP in 2015, many times throws his hair back after making a catch or when his helmet comes off after running the bases.
Not only is Harper an All-Star on the field, but he has all-star hair.
The Nationals slugger has signed an endorsement with Blind Barber, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Top musical acts including Common, Usher and the Dave Matthews Band are set to perform at a concert marking a new memorial to lynching victims in Montgomery, Alabama.
Others on the bill for the April 27 show at a riverside amphitheater include The Roots and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes.
John Lewis to throw Washington Nationals first pitch on Jackie Robinson Day
Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat representing the state's 5th Congressional District, will throw out the first pitch Sunday for the Washington Nationals on Jackie Robinson Day, the team announced Friday.
Although Robinson was not the first black baseball player to play in the majors, Major League Baseball celebrates April 15 as the day Robinson broke the sport's color barrier in 1947. All players across the league wear his jersey number, No. 42, in his honor.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will join his wife Hillary, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress at the funeral of longtime New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Georgia Congressman John Lewis will be among the speakers at the funeral of New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
Slaughter's office announced Wednesday that the dignitaries will join family and friends in speaking at Friday's service at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester.
The 88-year-old Democrat died Friday at a Washington hospital after falling at her home the previous week.
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis will be honored for his civil rights accomplishments by a university in Ohio.
Miami University will award its Freedom Summer of '64 Award to the Democratic congressman from Georgia at the Sam Rayburn House Office Building in Washington on Monday. Lewis was a leader in the 1964 Freedom Summer voter registration drive of blacks in the South. College students were recruited to aid that effort.
Stage set for Georgia’s May primaries for governor, Congress
ATLANTA (AP) — The list of candidates running for federal, state and local elections in Georgia's May 22 primary is set, and many of the state's most prominent political figures face stiff competition within their own party.
According to the list of candidates released by Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office Friday, 13 of Georgia's 14 U.S. House seats are being contested this year, as is the governor's office, which will be vacated next year by term-limited Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Several members of Congress joined civil rights activists and others Sunday afternoon for the annual commemoration of a day of racial violence in Selma dating to 1965.
A bipartisan group including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia led the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was to recall "Bloody Sunday," when voting rights protesters were attacked by police as they attempted to cross the bridge.
Graduates of segregated high school became trailblazers
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — When Al Moses was attending Bowling Green's all black high school, High Street High, during the Jim Crow era, he didn't imagine himself participating in the civil rights sit-ins in Nashville that would have him cross paths with John Lewis and Nikki Giovanni.
Lewis and Giovanni both became well-known civil rights activists. Lewis is a Georgia congressman and Giovanni, a poet.
Members of Congress lay wreath at site of King assassination
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — About a dozen Democrats and Republicans prayed and sang "Amazing Grace" during a solemn ceremony Friday at the site where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated nearly 50 years ago, marking the start of a three-day congressional "pilgrimage" to sites with ties to the civil rights era in the South.
Congressman John Lewis to give Harvard commencement address
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis was named Wednesday the principal speaker of Harvard University's commencement this spring.
Apparently, there are Congress-persons (can't use the term "men" anymore – not PC) planning on boycotting (person-cotting?) President Trump's First State of the Union address tonight.
Evidently, Reps Frederica Wilson, Maxine Waters, John Lewis and Earl Blumenauer have their collective shorts in a wad over the fact it is Trump giving the address. Others are considering following their lead, "bravely" waiting to see what kind of backlash might follow.
Man pleads guilty to threatening Rep. John Lewis’ staff
ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of threatening the staff of U.S. Rep. John Lewis pleaded guilty Friday in federal court.
Dante Antione Rosser, 43, pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening a federal official. Rosser's plea agreement calls for a sentence of 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, prosecutor Phyllis Clerk said in court.
In 1968, following the assassination of Robert Kennedy, my old friend, the brilliant journalist and author Pete Hamill, having endured a decade in which John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers were assassinated, and James Meredith had been wounded (but, thankfully, survived), as did John Lewis and other African-American heroes after being viciously beaten in Selma, Alabama, wrote that assassination was now in “America’s filthy secret heart.” Now, sadly, it has become clear to all Americans that racism is and always has been in America’s secret filthy heart as well — a condition and reality so painful to accept, that most of us have been in denial and refuse to face it.
Civil rights veteran Rep. Lewis being honored in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, months after refusing to join President Donald Trump there.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and David Perdue, R-Ga.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
Trump signs law creating national historic park for Martin Luther King Jr.
President Donald Trump signed a measure Monday creating a new national historic park for Martin Luther King Jr. during a trip to the college football national championship game in Atlanta.
The President performed the signing on Air Force One with Alveda King, the niece of the late iconic civil rights leader, looking on.