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SPLC's Cohen, Rep Lewis Suggest More Martyrs Needed For Their 'Movement'

•, Chris Menahan

From the Montgomery Advertiser, "Lewis: More 'movement' martyrs needed in the coming years":
SELMA –Civil rights leaders and "foot soldiers" launched the Bridge Crossing Jubilee Saturday with the commemoration of an event that changed America.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen and state Sen. Hank Sanders were among those who called for continued efforts to condemn white supremacy and other forms of discrimination.

Cohen noted that the civil rights movement did not begin in 1954 with a significant federal ruling on school desegregation and didn't end with the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.

He said he believes there could be more "movement" martyrs in the coming years, but included a ray of hope when he said he was pleased by a joint congressional resolution "condemning white supremacy."