McCarthy to attend Selma events
© Greg Nash
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will travel to Selma, Ala., for the 50th anniversary of major voting rights protests there, making him the only member of Republican House leadership to do so, CNN reporter Dana Bash tweeted Friday.
The announcement comes amid criticism that no member of Republican leadership in Congress had planned to attend the event.
President Obama is attending, as are many Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Selma was the site of a historic march for voting rights in 1965. Protesters tried several times to march from Selma to Montgomery, but were stopped on their first attempt by law enforcement officers who gassed and beat them.
One of the protesters beaten was Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), then a young civil rights organizer.