Being Biden Vol. 16: "50 Years Later"
In the latest installment of Being Biden, the Vice President reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and shares a photo of himself with Representative John Lewis, Jesse Jackson, and other leaders of the civil rights movement.
It was 50 years ago today that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. And Vice President Biden reminds us that, as we celebrate the Fourth of July, we must also celebrate and remember the struggles of a generation that pushed to make the Declaration of Independence's inalienable rights -- of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" -- a reality for all Americans.
The Vice President reminds listeners what these civil rights leaders faced in 1965 on Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge -- recounting a walk met by "billy clubs and beatings, at the hand of state police officers."
Vice President Joe Biden marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Congressman John Lewis, during the 48th annual Bridge Crossing Ceremony in Selma, Alabama, March 3, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)