Working to Recognize the Civil Rights Movement


By:  Joe Baca, Sr.
Date: March 9, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

By Representative Baca

Last week I spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of House Resolution 562, which passed by a unanimous vote. The resolution directs the Office of the Historian of the House to compile oral histories from Members of Congress who participated in the historic 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights marches in Alabama. This month marks the 47th anniversary of the Alabama marches.

H.Res 562 recognizes those who worked so hard to secure the civil rights we enjoy today. They say those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I can think of no lesson more valuable for all Americans to learn than the courage, justice, perseverance, and non-violence exemplified by those individuals who participated in the historic Alabama marches of 1965.

The character shown by leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Reverend Hosea Williams, and Representative John Lewis, was truly remarkable. Since 1998, Members of Congress have had the opportunity to participate in the annual civil rights pilgrimage to the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail. It is fitting that the Office of the Historian of the House compiles oral histories from those who have participated in these historic events. Know that I will continue to work in Congress to strengthen Civil Rights and create equal opportunities for all Americans.


JOE BACA, Congressman

43rd Congressional District

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