FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Category: 
John G. Paré Jr.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2371
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

Congressman John Lewis to Participate in National Federation of the Blind March for Independence

Atlanta, Georgia (March 1, 2007):  The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) announced today that Rep. John Lewis (GA-5) will march in the 2007 National Federation of the Blind March for Independence.  The march will take place in Atlanta on July 3, 2007, as part of the annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind.

“Marching is a tremendous tool of individual empowerment and social change,” said Rep. Lewis.  “We used it in the Civil Rights Movement to dramatize our struggle against social injustice, and this March for Independence is simply a modern-day extension of that call for change. The guiding purpose of the Movement was to help create an all-inclusive society that values the dignity and the worth of every individual.  That is why, on Tuesday, July 3rd, in Atlanta, Georgia, I will join over 1,000 blind people, their family members, and friends in the National Federation of the Blind March for Independence, to demonstrate the need for civil rights for the blind.” 

“Congressman Lewis’s participation in the march calls attention to the historic civil rights component of the event and our organization,” said Mr. Anil Lewis, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia.  “We will be marching together in an effort to remove the fears and stereotypes associated with blindness.  This group of capable blind people marching through the streets of Atlanta will demonstrate the determination of the blind to achieve full equality in society.”

Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “It is fitting that a city so inextricably linked with the cause of civil rights for all Americans should be the place where our first March for Independence takes place.  The blind look forward with great anticipation to marching through the streets of Atlanta with Congressman Lewis and other friends who support our cause.  On July 3, 2007, the blind will step forward proudly to meet our future of independence and full equality in society with joy and gladness in our hearts.”