John Lewis was a hero to countless Americans and people across the globe, including those of us at The Justice Collaborative and The Appeal, and we mourn his loss.
As he taught us, the work continues. We lift up his life and legacy, which remain unchanged: We all must work, every day, toward a just and equal America and world, where we protect the least among us.
From the days of his youth in the 1960s working to end legal segregation and remove laws and practices that kept Black people from being able to vote through to his support this June for the organizers and youth activists leading what would become the largest civil right’s demonstration in American history, Lewis has laid the blueprint for advancing nonviolent protest and creating lasting change. With righteous indignation, Lewis dedicated his life to improving the lives of Black people in this country and to ending injustice and inequality wherever he saw it.
Lewis’s place in history has long been solidified. At 23, he was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, drawing over 250,000 peaceful protesters to the nation’s capital. No matter how often he was bloodied, beaten, bruised, or arrested, Lewis never stopped fighting for what’s right. It was three decades into his work, at 46, when Lewis joined Congress to fight for laws — and congressional oversight — to make his vision of justice and equality real.
From racial discrimination to LGBTQ discrimination, from voting and housing rights and police accountability to universal health care, from morning to night, from his teens to his 81st year on this planet, John Lewis set an example for all of us: make “good trouble, necessary trouble” as often as we can and for as long as we can. We send our deepest condolences to Congressman Lewis’s family, friends, staff, and all who loved him. He will be deeply missed.
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