Congressman Pitts' Wilberforce Resolution Passes House
Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) announced today that his resolution (H. Res. 158) honoring the life and accomplishments of William Wilberforce passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Pitts' statement follows:
"This resolution honors one of humanity's true heroes and I'm thrilled to see it pass today in the House. William Wilberforce was told that his opposition to the British slave trade was a hopeless cause. But he fought to end it anyway, and his persistence eventually put an end to this horrible human injustice. His life reminds us that individuals of character, integrity, and perseverance really can change the world."
William Wilberforce was first elected to the British Parliament in 1780. Though active on many issues, Wilberforce is best known for his persistent efforts to end the British slave trade, despite its widespread acceptance during his time. Wilberforce's legislation to end the slave trade was defeated repeatedly over the course of 20 years, before finally passing on February 23, 1807. As part of the 200th anniversary celebration of this historic achievement, a movie about Wilberforce's life and accomplishments, entitled Amazing Grace, has been released.