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WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 8, 2017 – Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO of the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D.C., think tank that aims to drive society toward inclusion, released the following statement in response to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren being prevented yesterday on the Senate floor from sharing written testimony that the late Coretta Scott King submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 to oppose Jeff Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship.

Sessions, who was then U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, is a U.S. senator and President Trump’s pick to lead the Justice Department as attorney general. The U.S. Senate is set to vote on Sessions’ nomination soon.

The fact that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was shut down and censored on the floor of the United States Senate for sharing Coretta Scott King’s honest opinion of who Jeff Sessions is and what he has stood for, in terms of white supremacy and being against the civil rights of American citizens, is something that simply should not be tolerated.

 Coretta Scott King’s words live on today. She is speaking to us from the grave, and we need to honor her voice. We should not stand for anybody silencing the voices of our civil rights icons or anybody silencing the voice of women – not just women of the past, but women today.

 The people currently in power are seeking to marginalize our voices – the voices of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people who are from abroad, Muslims. They are using the same playbook from eras past to try to shut us down, to try to leave us out of our own country. We simply cannot let this happen. I urge you to heed the words of Coretta Scott King and to call your senators and tell them you will not stand for them appointing Jeff Sessions as the attorney general.

Dr. Rockeymoore read Mrs. King’s full testimony during a Facebook Live post this morning. View it here: