Happy Birthday, @repjohnlewis (D-GA-05)! Rep. Lewis is the Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. As a young man, Rep. Lewis was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Rep. Lewis was one of the founding chairs of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1963, he organized the historic March on Washington and delivered a keynote address at the march. A few years later, he helped lead 600 non-violent protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The non-violent protest became known as “Bloody Sunday” because Rep. Lewis and the other protestors were attacked by Alabama state troopers.
February 1st statement from CBC Chairman Cedric L. Richmond on #BlackHistoryMonth: “The political environment we’re in right now says that we as African Americans have nothing to lose and that this country was ‘great’ when we were fighting for full citizenship. But our history tells us that this could not be further from the truth. *
“African Americans do indeed have a lot to lose, 400 years of progress, in fact. And it was the wealth and labor provided by our bodies, the Civ...il Rights Movement we launched and led, and our contributions to the arts, sciences, and social sciences that truly helped make this country great. We saved and continue to save this country from itself. *
“African Americans are a powerful people. We are a proud people too and we should be. This is why members of the Congressional Black Caucus who both attended and didn’t attend the State of the Union wore Kente cloth on Tuesday. We recognize and respect the contributions that African Americans have made to this country, as well as those made by Africans and people of African descent around the world.
“This Black History Month, we as African Americans should continue to do what we always do: stand strong in who we are, celebrate those past and present on whose shoulders we stand, and fight injustice and inequality.”
The National Portrait Gallery official presidential portraits of @barackobama and @michelleobama were unveiled today. The paintings were done by artists @kehindewiley and @asherald respectively — artists that the Obamas personally chose. They are the first black artists to be commissioned for such portraits, which embodies the “lift as we climb” spirit of the Obamas. #BlackHistoryMonth
Happy Birthday, @rep.lisabluntrochester (D-DE)! Rep. Blunt Rochester is the first woman and first person of color to represent the State of Delaware in Congress. She serves on the House Committee on Education and Workforce and the House Committee on Agriculture. She is a strong advocate for quality, affordable education and criminal justice reform.
Chairman Richmond talks with colleagues in the House Chamber ahead of the State of the Union on Tuesday, January 30. Chairman Richmond and other CBC members wore Kente cloth to protest President Trump’s “shithole” comments about Africa and Haiti and “Recy” pins to honor Recy Taylor, an African-American anti-rape activist who died at the age of 97 at the end of last year. On her way home from church in 1944, 24-year-old Taylor was gang raped by six white men. 📷: Getty Images
Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NBHHAD. Please take the time to go #GetTested. It’s important. Testing locations here → https://www.cdc.gov/actagain…/campaigns/doingit/locator.html
Happy Birthday, @repbonnie (D-NJ-12)! Rep. Watson Coleman serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. She is one of three founding co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. She’s a strong advocate for women’s rights, prisoner rehabilitation, environmental protection, and gun safety.
Happy Birthday, @RepSanfordBishop (D-GA-02)! Rep. Bishop serves on the House Committee on Appropriations where he is the top democrat on the Subcommittee on Agriculture. The Morehouse College alum is a strong advocate for creating jobs, balancing the budget, and helping veterans and their families.
@rep.lisabluntrochester adjusts her “Recy” pin ahead of the State of the Union address Tuesday. 📷: Associated Press
As she was walking home from church one night in 1944, 24-year-old Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white men in Abbeville, Alabama. Although she told police what happened and the perpetrators were known, she never got justice. Mrs. Taylor said #MeToo well before this country was even thinking about listening sexual assault victims, especially Black women vic...tims from the South. Mrs. Taylor spent her life advocating for other sexual assault victims. At the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the @congressionalblackcaucus and other Democrats — led by @repbonnie — wore "Recy" pins in Mrs. Taylor’s honor. They also wore black in honor of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and Kente cloth — led by @repmaxinewaters —to protest President Trump’s racist “shithole” comments about #Africa and #Haiti. The #SOTU was a night of protest for the CBC!
When you and your crew walk into the State of the Inion looking like African ambassadors! ✊🏾👏🏾 ICYMI Lastnight, members of the CBC were suited and booted in Kente cloth to protest President Trump’s racist “shithole” comments about African countries and to stand in solidarity with Africans and people of African descent across the world. 📷: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Happy Birthday, @benniegthompson (D-MS-02)! Rep. Thompson is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the State of Mississippi and the lone Democrat in the Mississippi Congressional Delegation. He’s the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. While attending Tougaloo College he was a volunteer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He’s a strong advocate for civil rights and ending health and education disparities.
Happy Belated Birthday, @repcummings (D-MD-07)! Rep. Cummings currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is also a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rep. Cummings is a strong advocate for quality, affordable healthcare, clean air and water, a strong, fiscally responsible economy, and ensuring government is efficient and effective.