A Civil Rights Pilgrimage

  1. Every March, thousands descend upon the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the beginning of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March, where state troopers beat nonviolent protesters in the event known as “Bloody Sunday.”
    This past weekend,  AGF President David Goodman joined the 14th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to honor the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer and show support for voter rights.
    Here are some highlights from his journey.
    PILGRIMAGE DAY 1: March 7, 2014
    David Goodman with Congressman John Lewis in D.C., preparing for the 2014 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Mississippi and Alabama.
  2. After an initial meeting in D.C., the plane bound for Mississippi — filled with people from all walks of life — boarded.

  3. Boarding @AmericanAir charter to Memphis! @FaithNPolitics 14th congressional Civil Rights pilgrimage begins

  4. Who doesn’t love a Congressional selfie?! Here is David with Rep. John Lewis and Rep. John Conyers on the bus from Memphis to Clarksdale, MS.
  5. Next stop: Lunch — which, in Mississippi means fried catfish — at the Ground Zero Blues Club, owned by Clarksdale’s own Morgan Freeman.
  6. In Miss-that means fried cat fish (incredibly good).Clarksdale at the Ground Zero Blues Club (owned by Morgan Freeman

  7. PILGRIMAGE DAY 2: March 8, 2014

    An important stop at the home of Medgar Evers. Left to Right: Rep. Eleanor Holms Norton, Merly Evers (Medgar’s widow), Rep. John Lewis, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, David Goodman, Sen. Tim Kaine, Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
  8. 30 members of Congress and 200+ guests attended a memorial service for Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner at the Tougaloo College Memorial Chapel in Jackson, Mississippi. Among the attendees were Rep. Eric Cantor (House Majority Leader) and Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, pictured here with David.
  9. Then it was time for dinner at the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. David strikes a pose with the Governor and Congressman Bennie Thompson.
  10. PILGRIMAGE DAY 3: March 9, 2014

    Selma, Alabama: Site of “Bloody Sunday,” 49 years ago. David prepares to march across the famed Edmund Pettus Bridge.
  11. David Goodman honoring long-unrecognized heroes of the civil rights movement on the Edmund Pettus Bridge

  12. Crossing the bridge with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep. John Lewis.
  13. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton,Congressman John Lewis crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge 49th Anniversary .