Our shared values are stronger than any controversy

Black History Month is a celebration of the men and women who helped shape our nation. It’s a celebration of the American spirit — the idea that no matter your background or walk of life, you have potential and should have the opportunity to pursue your own unique version of the American Dream.

As the month draws to a close, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will be joining a bipartisan delegation of nearly 30 members of Congress to Tennessee and Alabama to reflect on the civil rights movement and pay their respects. For Chair McMorris Rodgers, this journey is a reminder that we are all called to respect one another and the importance of restoring trust.

“Our country faces a number of unknowns, and sometimes fear of the unknown can be more difficult than moving ahead,” she shared in an op-ed for TIME Motto. “It isn’t always easy to work together, especially when every issue threatens to tear us apart. But courage is moving ahead in spite of fear, and that’s where trust comes in – trusting that, as elected representatives, we are all here because we want what’s best for people; trusting that we’re all doing the best we can; and trusting that together we can be a team that finds solutions for health care, taxes, and any problem facing our country.

“America is strongest when we work together — despite our differences. Our shared values of liberty, justice, and equality of opportunity are stronger than any campaign or controversy. We can’t – and shouldn’t – go at it alone.”

In the spirit of learning from history and working together towards an even greater tomorrow, House Republicans participated in a number of events during Black History Month. Check it out: