McMorris Rodgers to join Spokane leaders on civil rights pilgrimage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will join Spokane area leaders for the Faith and Politics Institute’s 2018 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

McMorris Rodgers will co-host the event that begins Saturday March 2nd and runs through March 4th in Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma. 

On Thursday in Washington, D.C., McMorris Rodgers met with Phllip Tyler, Co-founder Peaceful Community Roundtable and past Spokane NAACP President, Kitara Johnson, Chief Development Officer at the Excelsior Youth Center, Joe Wittwer, Pastor of Life Center Church, Lonnie Mitchell, Pastor of Bethel AME Church and Rodney McAuley, the Community and Church Engagement Director at the Spokane Youth for Christ.

They will all be joining the Congresswoman on the pilgrimage that is being led by civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.  

"This pilgrimage is a powerful moment in the present that allows us to reflect on the past, how far we've come as a people and a nation," said Johnson. "I'm excited to be here to share the experience with those willing to build the beloved community that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned."

McMorris Rodgers said the theme of the pilgrimage is drawn from one of Dr. King's most enduring lessons: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"