Lawmakers lock arms as they sing 'We Shall Overcome' during a ceremony to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, on Capitol Hill, June 24, 2014.
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Lawmakers hold hands and sing during medal ceremony


Here’s a sight you don’t see on Capitol Hill every day: House and Senate leaders held hands while singing “We Shall Overcome” at today’s Congressional Gold Medal ceremony Tuesday. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King were posthumously awarded at a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In what should have been a celebratory occasion, House Speaker John Boehner awkwardly held hands with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell clasped hands with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The video shows Senator Carl Levin, Rep. John Lewis, and Marcia Fudge, all Democrats, also holding each others’ hands .  

They all swayed to the music, singing along with the Army Chorus.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor from Congress that shows national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.