Rep. Sewell Statement on U.S. Civil Rights Trail
Birmingham, AL – On Martin Luther King Day, Governor Kay Ivey announced Alabama’s participation in the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that includes more than 130 historic sites, through 14 states. The sites highlight major events in the civil rights movement and Alabama has the largest number of sites on the trail. Among the 30 sites in Alabama include 16th Street Baptist Church, the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
“I’m very excited to see the incredible legacy of the Civil Rights Movement honored with the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. As the U.S. Representative of Alabama’s Civil Rights District, I believe that the struggle for equality and justice fought for by Dr. King, the freedom riders, the foot soldiers, and so many others should be celebrated and remembered every day, not just once a year. In today’s political and social climate, understanding our past is vital. It is said that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. My hope is that the creation of the Civil Rights Trail will foster greater understanding about race in our country while promoting tourism and better economic revitalization for these historic sites.”
More details about the trail can be found HERE.
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.