CBCI Statement on the Passing of the 'Conscience of Congress,' Rep. John Lewis

Washington, DC — July 18, 2020 — Today, following the passing of the "Conscience of Congress,' Rep. John Lewis, (D-GA); Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Vanessa Griddine-Jones, issued the following statement:

We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Congressman and civil rights stalwart, John Robert Lewis. For over half a century, he stood among us as a beacon of hope and a living compass, pointing us to the right path. As one of the thirteen original Freedom Riders, he fought for justice and equality for all and continued that fight throughout his years representing Georgia's 5th Congressional district. During some of America's darkest moments, John Lewis was there calling us to action and rightfully arguing that the fight against racial injustice isn't over. His passion and indefatigable spirit will be missed and leaves an unfillable void in the civil rights movement and the hearts of many.

We send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Lewis family. We hope there is comfort in knowing that Congressman Lewis' impact on America and the entire world is indelibly imprinted on the fibers of our moral consciences and the pages of history. Thank you, Congressman John Lewis, for getting into "good trouble."

Congressman John Lewis was elected to Congress in November 1986 and served as U.S. Representative of Georgia's 5th Congressional District until his death. Rep. Lewis was Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Oversight. ###

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