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Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) on new memoir, voting rights and Juneteenth

Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) joins Washington Post Live (Video: The Washington Post)
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Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) is Georgia’s first Black senator and still serves as senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Join Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart for a conversation with Warnock about his new memoir, “A Way Out of No Way,” his work on voting rights and the significance of Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

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Highlights

“I’m hopeful that we are going to get something done this time...We’ve seen this terrible movie, this tragedy before. We saw it after Sandy Hook, no movement. After Columbine, 30 years, no movement…If we don’t get anything done this time, it would be a signal moment of moral failure on our behalf. And it would suggest that the politics is more important than the people. And I just refuse to accept that premise.”- Sen. Raphael Warnock(D-GA.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I’m going to let the committee do its work. And I think what I’ve learned…is that democracy is not a noun, it’s a verb. And that it is the most precious thing we have and we have to fight for it…What this is has done for me, is deepen my resolve. To remain vigilant, to remain focused, to register as many people as I can to vote. To make sure that every eligible voice is heard in our democracy. That’s what’s at stake.”- Sen. Raphael Warnock(D-GA.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think of America as a freedom caravan. Freedom is not a destination, it’s a journey. And we have been on this journey to try to push the country closer to its ideals.”- Sen. Raphael Warnock(D-GA.) (Video: Washington Post Live)
“It’s a very common phrase in the Black church experience…it’s been passed on from generation to generation. It is a phrase born of suffering, of prevail and oppression. And yet keeping the faith in the midst of that struggle.” - Sen. Raphael Warnock(D-GA.) (Video: Washington Post Live)

Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.)

Author, “A Way Out of No Way”


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