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Congressman's lecture on Civil and Human Rights inspirational – McCann

23 April, 2014 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann described the annual Iveagh House lecture delivered tonight by US Congressman John Lewis in Dublin as ‘inspirational’.

The US Congressman was speaking to an audience, invited by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, about the US Civil Rights movement and its impact around the globe.

Former leader of the People’s Democracy movement in the North, Michael Farrell, also addressed the audience of human and civil rights activists, political activists, lawyers and academics.

Jennifer McCann said the lecture had been ‘hugely enjoyable and informative’.

“Congressman Lewis brought a wealth of information and personal experience to the lecture on the US Civil Rights movement and its struggle for equality,” she said.

“He emphasised the absolute need for equality and human rights for all to underpin society.

“He made the connections between the demands of the civil rights movements in the US and in Ireland.

“The audience included Geraldine and John Finucane, the wife and son of murdered human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, and the Congressman’s contribution on the importance of human rights was inspiring.”

Congressman Lewis is due to travel to the North later this week to meet with political parties and the priests of Clonard monastery.

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