National Faith Leader Mourns the Loss of Congressman John Lewis



July 18, 2020



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National Faith Leader Mourns the Loss of Congressman John Lewis


Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA), a champion of civil disobedience and non-violent protests, died late Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.


Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life:


“Thank God for Congressman John Lewis. His life was a courageous and spirit-filled march toward the promised land of justice and beloved community. Many followed his moral leadership, but we must also remember that he was beaten nearly to death for challenging this nation to honor its ideals. He faced this brutality knowingly, because he loved his neighbors so very much. He led and bled for justice and equality at the hands of a brutal white supremacist state. I can think of no greater expression of courage, love and patriotism. 


Every leader in this nation will issue statements of reverence and mourning today. These words will only be truthful if they also use their power to pass policies that honor Congressman Lewis’ values and legacy. We will be free when every American can vote unencumbered. We will be free when every American has the resources to live in dignity, freedom and safety. We will be free when white supremacy has no hold on power. 


As a symbolic first step, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police spilled his blood as he marched for equal rights and dignity, must be renamed in his honor today. Those of us who seek to emulate Congressman Lewis’ example weep today.”



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