Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis
Farewell to a Freedom Rider.
Rep. John Lewis was an authentic American hero. From the Freedom Rides to the march on Selma Bridge, he repeatedly and courageously put his life on the line in the struggle to dismantle Jim Crow segregation in the South. As leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Lewis and his colleagues wielded the moral power of non-violent resistance to awaken the nation’s conscience and pave the way for the landmark Civil Rights victories of the 1960s.
John Lewis continued to serve his country in Congress, where his moral courage and inspirational leadership made him a beloved and revered figure. America will miss his prophetic voice.