06.24.08

Senate Passes Leahy-Obama Sponsored Measure To Commemorate Freedom Summer

The Senate Tuesday night unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Sen. Barak Obama (D-Ill.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the1964 deaths of three civil rights workers, a tragedy that sparked events across the country that changed the course of the civil rights movement.  The summer of their deaths became known as “Freedom Summer.”  Leahy has worked in the Senate towards passage of the Emmett Till Unresolved Civil Rights Crime Act, a bill which passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives last year, but which has been stalled in the Senate over the objections of a single Republican Senator.  Leahy’s statement on the passage of the resolution commemorating the 44th anniversary of “Freedom Summer” follows.

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