Alabama Congresswoman Sewell to Address Dr. King’s Legacy

Alabama Congresswoman Sewell to Address Dr. King’s Legacy

December 19, 2017

On Saturday, January 13, at 2pm in the Chapel of the Holy Names, Alabama Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell will speak on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

As the Member of Congress representing Alabama’s civil rights district, Congresswoman Sewell has been a passionate champion for recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of those freedom fighters who served as powerful agents of change. Her first piece of successful legislation recognized the “Four Little Girls” who tragically lost their lives during the bombing of the16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. The Congressional Gold Medal bill passed unanimously in both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on May 24, 2013.

Portland’s Northwest Freedom Singers, a choral group comprised of the city’s finest voices, will accompany the congresswoman with a performance of inspirational songs and gospel hymns.

After speaking, Congresswoman Sewell will participate in a Q&A session with those in attendance.

“I look forward to our community coming together to celebrate Dr. King’s impact on our nation,” said Diane Hood, Mary’s Woods CEO. “We are very honored to host the distinguished Congresswoman Sewell on this important day, which not only remembers the past, and the achievements of King and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but also fights for the future.”

The event is free to Mary’s Woods residents and the general public. It will be broadcast live on Mary’s Woods TV.

“It is appropriate that we celebrate the accomplishments of Dr. King toward highlighting and ending discrimination in America,” said Kent Studebaker, Mayor of Lake Oswego.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell is in her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right and is the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation.

In a partnership between Mary’s Woods and Congregation Beth Israel, Congresswoman Sewell will also be speaking at 6:00pm on Friday, January 12, at Temple Beth Israel in Portland. All are welcome.