July 20, 2020                              

Nicole Henderson


Civil Rights Icon H.K. Matthews Endorses U.S. Congressional Candidate Phil Ehr


PENSACOLA, FL — Reverend H. K. Matthews, who recently turned 92 years old, was a trailblazer of the civil rights movement in the Pensacola area. Born in Snow Hill, Alabama, he will say that political activism was embedded in him at a young age after seeing the racism exhibited towards his grandmother.

From the Pensacola lunch counter sit-ins to the voting rights march in Selma now known as “Bloody Sunday,” Matthews has been an integral part of fighting for civil rights and social justice for decades. 

“I am endorsing Phil Ehr for Congress because I find him to be a man of decency and man of principles which is opposite of what we have now in that particular seat,” Matthews stated. “Phil has demonstrated that he is not simply interested in a segment of society, but all of society and if he is elected we will be doing our country a great service.” Matthews continued. 

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of such a civil rights icon as Rev. Matthews as I hold him in the highest personal esteem,” Ehr stated. “Rev. Matthews is a tremendous public servant and I am eager to continue the fight to build a government that puts the people first,” Ehr continued.

About Phil Ehr:
Phil Ehr is a retired U.S. Navy commander and the Democratic nominee challenging Matt Gaetz for Florida’s 1st Congressional District. Phil is a husband, father, community volunteer, and veteran who rose from Seaman to Commander in a 26-year active duty career. Phil flew reconnaissance missions in the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the Balkans. He provided strategic advice to senior leaders in Washington, London, and NATO in the post Cold War and post 9/11 eras. Phil is fighting to restore honor and integrity to Northwest Florida’s representation. With your help, we will prevent, prepare for, and respond to the next national crisis.  We will build an economy that’s fair for working people, families, and small business, cradle to grave. We will correct failing policies on health care, education, the environment, and public safety. We will advance freedom, equality, liberty, and justice for all. We will fight corruption and incompetence to restore trust in American leadership. Join the “Ehr Force” today!