This July 25, 1946 file photo shows mourners as they carry the flag-draped coffin of lynching victim George W. Dorsey out of Mount Perry Baptist Church in Bishop, Ga. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File). Featured Image
Led by Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, the bill could impose a sentence of life in prison on those found guilty.
“This is a very meaningful moment for this body,” said Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat who joined Ms. Harris on the floor to push the bill through.
Ms. Harris said the Senate has failed nearly 200 previous attempts to pass such a bill.
While the House had passed such a law several times, southern senators had always blocked approval.
Attempts to pass the legislation petered out in the 1960s — though in 2005 senators did approve a resolution apologizing to victims of lynching for past failures.