I may have written about this before, making the point that going to a march doesn’t make someone a civil rights “activist.” Yes, people supported those causes — but those marches were also social events. (Kids today go to the mall, we used to go to marches.) Everyone used to go!
At a press conference yesterday announcing the Congressional Black Caucus PAC’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was asked about Sen. Bernie Sanders’ civil rights movement work:
Q.: This one in particular is for congressman John Lewis. You were obviously a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Obviously Senator Sanders was involved in civil rights work in the Chicago area in the private sector. What do you say on his previous work on civil rights and —
REP. JOHN LEWIS: — well to be very frank I don’t want to cut you off but I never saw him. I never met him. I was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for three years — from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the freedom rides, the March on Washington and the March to Selma to Montgomery and directed the voter education project for six years. But I met Hillary Clinton. I met President Clinton.