Representative Terri Sewell welcomes Representative Barbra Lee, Young Leaders to the Summit

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Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, hosted Rep. Barbara Lee D-California and a cohort of young leaders from Alabama and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, Calif., at the closing ceremony of the Summit on Nonviolence in the 21st Century on the campus of Alabama State University.

The week-long summit brought together 60 school-aged youth from California and Alabama with the goal of integrating young leaders into civic engagement and encouraging action in both states to combat the injustice, racism, poverty and violence.

“I am very pleased to welcome Congresswoman Barbara Lee and this delegation of young leaders from the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center to the US Civil Rights District,” Sewell said. “In order to fight against injustice, racism, poverty and violence, we must learn from the foot soldiers and educate our young people about the importance of non-violence as a tool for social change.”

“With its rich civil rights history, there is no place more ideal for this dialogue than Alabama’s 7th District and no place more appropriate for this closing ceremony than the historic campus of Alabama State. University,” Sewell said. “I am confident that these students will walk away equipped with the tools necessary to carry on the legacy of those on whose shoulders we stand.”

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center was founded by community organizers in Oakland responsible for what was the first and largest Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally on the West Coast. Its relationship with Alabama communities dates back more than a decade.

The combined youth delegations from California and Alabama spent a week together studying the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders on nonviolence as a means of bringing about social change. The delegations also co-taught courses, helping each other improve their writing and public speaking skills. To better understand the history of the civil rights movement, students met with veterans of the civil rights movement, elected officials as well as the leaders of various community, faith-based and labor organizations to learn first-hand the tools to become leaders. more efficient and proactive.

This summer, we are continuing the legacy of our beloved Congressman John Lewis, who inspired so many young people to pick up the slack and run the next lap in the race for justice and equality,” said Lee. . “His spirit is with us as we engage in conversations about dismantling systemic racism and poverty and protecting our sacred right to vote.”

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“I am honored to once again partner with the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center to provide this opportunity for young people to learn about Dr. King’s legacy and how to fight for justice through nonviolence,” Lee said. “I am so proud of the young people of Oakland who are making this journey to be part of the next generation of civil rights leaders in partnership with youth and organizations in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. We look forward to welcoming Alabama delegates in East Bay as we move forward in strengthening ties with our sisters and brothers in Montgomery and Selma.

Dr. Roy D. Wilson is the executive director of the Freedom Center.

“Our students and staff come to ‘Nonviolence in the 21st Century’ week fully prepared to listen and learn,” said Dr. Wilson. “They will speak out and connect with others who are ready to take on common responsibility to confront racism, poverty and violence in ways that create an interracial and pluralistic democracy where love and friendship become our basic life strategy.”

Sewell is in his sixth term representing Alabama’s 7th congressional district. Sewell is a member of the Democratic leadership in the United States House of Representatives.

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