Remembering Congressmen John Lewis

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Remembering Congressmen John Lewis

Congressmen John Lewis, the civil rights icon died at the age of 80 on July 17th 2020. During the 1960s, Lewis was arrested more than 40 times and was beaten nearly to death in Selma, Alabama, during a march for voting rights in 1965. He helped found SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Worked and marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helped organize the Freedom Rides and spoke at the 1963 March on Washington. John Lewis had served in Congress since 1987.Lewis once said, “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

His family in a statement said, "It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis," his family said in a statement. "He was honored and respected as the conscience of the US Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother. He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed."

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