WASHINGTON - The struggle of American Indians in the civil rights movement
will be included in the Voices of Civil Rights bus tour. Organizers hope to
create the world's largest archive of first-hand accounts of the civil
The tour, which will visit 35 cities nationwide in 70 days, is part of the
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. It includes an historical archive of
photos, memorabilia, story submissions and a Web site:
www.voicesofcivilrights.org, which will feature recorded testimony from the
"The broader civil rights movement has not always recognized our place,"
said Jacqueline Johnson, executive director of the National Congress of
American Indians. Johnson added, however, that groups like LCCR have begun
to "reverse the trend."
Even as they reminisced on landmark events such as the Civil Rights Act of
1964 - the tour was scheduled to coincide with its 40th anniversary - many
speakers at the kick-off event for the tour made a case for continued
activism. Wade Henderson, the executive director of LCCR, lamented the
difficulty of enforcing existing laws and urged Congress to pass a new
bill, the 2004 Fairness Act. "We must remind America," Henderson said,
"that civil rights is still among the unfinished business of our country."