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Our Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader, Rep. John Lewis

K. Sabeel Rahman

Rep. Lewis was the living embodiment of persistence and courage.

"Freedom is not a state; it is an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”  —Rep. John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis was so much more than a civil rights icon. He was a brilliant example of servant leadership in action. He walked among giants and inspired so many of us to pursue "good trouble" up until his last days. With an unyielding focus on this country’s potential, he faced down hatred and put his life on the line in the name of racial equity.

Freedom Rider, founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, organizer of the March on Washington, and one of the most visible marchers in Selma on Bloody Sunday, Rep. Lewis was the living embodiment of persistence and courage.

John Lewis went on to become the “conscious of Congress” where he continued his unwavering fight for justice and the soul of our democracy. In his name and for his legacy we must continue to stir up good trouble as we stare down some of the biggest challenges this country has ever faced.

The power and passion of John Lewis touched us all. Today we mourn and we extend our condolences to his loved ones and to all those who loved him.

Rest in peace and in power, John Lewis.