House Passes Clay-Smith Bill Directing Park Service To Commemorate Civil Rights Movement

House passes Clay-Smith bill directing Park Service to commemorate civil rights movement

WASHINGTON  • The U.S. House Wednesday passed a bill by Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, called the “African-American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017.”
The legislation, which has 72 bipartisan co-sponsors, including Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, authorizes the National Park Service to “establish a program to preserve and protect the memory of the people and the places that were significant in the struggle to secure equal rights for African-Americans,” Clay said in remarks on the House floor before the voice vote.
He said the “generation now coming of age has only scant knowledge of the history of the civil rights struggle,” …

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