U.S. Sen. Tim Scott recalled getting to visit U.S. Rep. John Lewis' office soon after the North Charleston Republican was elected to Congress.
Sott said he was in awe of what he called the "picture museum" in the office of Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who worked along side Dr. Martin Luther King.
South Carolina's first African-American senator will head to Selma, Ala., on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of voting-rights marches.
Scott said that when he stands at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Saturday that he would recall older relatives who did not get the chance to see the changes since the 1960s.
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"There's been some amazing progress in the last several decades," Scott said.
The event is attracting major politicians from both parties -- including President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and former President George W. Bush, a Republican.
Scott is co-leading a congressional delegation of more than 80 with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
"We have made a concerted effort to make it about people," Scott said. "We have extended many invitations on both sides of aisle."