The House of Representatives is now in recess, but the Democrats are still protesting, with their sit-in nearing the 12-hour mark.
While leaving the Capitol late Wednesday, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) spoke with supporters, including many young people, who gathered outside during the historic event. "We will not give up," he said. "We will continue to stand. Many, many years ago, before many of you were even born, before you were even a dream, we participated in a sit-in and sit-ins to change America, and by standing here tonight, standing with us and being here, you are bearing witness to the truth. You must never, ever give up or give in or give out. We cannot afford to stop. We've got to stop the violence and do something about the proliferation of guns in our society."
Lewis, a civil rights icon, was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was key in the movement to end segregation.
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