Norton Releases Statement on Passing of Her Friend and Colleague, Civil Rights Leader Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), who was a colleague of the late Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) first in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and then in the House of Representatives, issued a statement today on the passing of her friend.

john-lewis“John’s heroic courage came from principled conviction so deep that it led him to repeatedly risk his life to achieve equal treatment for all Americans. So searing was his example that John was elected chair of SNCC — not because he was strongest but because he was the bravest.

“John’s determination to “never give up or give in” was always leavened by his commitment to non-violence and love.

“In Congress, John Lewis brought the same combination of outspoken opposition on principled matters and reconciliation whenever it could be achieved.

“There will never be another like him.”

Source: Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Photos: Office of Congressman John Lewis


Congressman John Robert Lewis, the iconic and legendary civil rights leader for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, died July 17, 2020. He was 80 years old and the last of the surviving 1963 ‘March on Washington‘ speakers.  bt

CBC TECH 2020 delegation visits Silicon Valley

WASHINGTON—Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs Representatives G. K. Butterfield (NC) and Barbara Lee (CA) welcomed Representative Maxine Waters (CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and Representative Gregory Meeks (NY), also a member of the committee, to the third CBC TECH 2020 delegation to Silicon Valley. On this trip, the members of Congress met with four technology CEOs — Brian Chesky (AirBnB), Tim Cook (Apple), Jack Dorsey (Square & Twitter), and Dan Schulman (PayPal).


Members proposed a Tech CEO summit, where leaders of major technology corporations must come together to determine specific actions needed to increase minority representation and inclusion across tech industries.  See full story, read more …


 — Story and cover photo credit: Keith Moore, Open Government TV (OGTV)
BDPA-DC testimonial: photo © 2016 bdpatoday)


CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Co-Chairs of the CBC Diversity Task Force, Convene Leading African American Organizations to Announce New Initiatives To Increase Tech Diversity

CBC photo courtesy G. K. Butterfield
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. EST in Room 234 of the Cannon House Office Building, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), who serve as co-chairs of the CBC Diversity Task Force and CBC TECH 2020, will bring together top technology professional organizations to announce new efforts to increase African American inclusion in the technology sector.  This event is open to the press.


•           Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01)
•           Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13)
•           American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity
•           BDPA (formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates)
•           Blacks In Technology
•           Bleeker
•           Career Communications Group
•           Global Leadership Forum
•           Information Technology Senior Management Forum

Press event to announce new actions by seven national organizations to increase African American inclusion in the technology industry.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST

234 Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC  20003



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