The United States of America lost an heroic figure with the passing of Representative John Lewis on Friday from pancreatic cancer. (1940-2020)
Mr. Lewis was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He participated, in the March on Washington, and he led the march, as a young man, across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. This would come to be known as Bloody Sunday because of the violence the marchers encountered, including Mr. Lewis.
He would later be elected to the United States House of Representatives in which he served for 30 years; he was frequently considered to be the Conscience of America. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2011.
Among Mr. Lewis’ quotations are “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something, you have to do something.” and “I’m very hopeful. I am very optimistic about the future.” and “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”
Mr. John Lewis was a tireless fighter for justice and against injustice. He will be missed.
Rest In Peace