While receiving tweets and news about the Congressman’s death John Lewiswho died of pancreatic cancer on Friday (July 17), spokesman for the house Nancy Pelosi has made a statement commemorating the icon of late civil rights.
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Pelosi welcomed Rep. Lewis as the “conscience of Congress” and spoke about his historical contributions to the civil rights movement, his work in combating voter repression, and other contributions from his civil service life and activism.
Read their full explanation below:
“Today America is mourning one of the greatest heroes in American history: Congressman John Lewis, the conscience of Congress.
“John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights movement, the kindness, faith, and bravery that changed our nation – from the determination to discriminate against him at lunch tables and at Freedom Rides to the courage he showed as a young man of violence and subjected to violence death on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the moral leadership he brought to Congress for more than 30 years.
“In the Capitol halls, he fearlessly sought a more perfect union, whether through his Voter Empowerment Act to defend the vote, his leadership in the Equality Act to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, or his work as a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee to make sure we invest in what we value as a nation.
“Every day in John Lewis’ life was designed to bring freedom and justice to everyone. As he said 57 years ago during the march in Washington in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial: “Our thoughts, souls and hearts cannot rest until freedom and justice exist for all people.” How fitting it is that even in the final weeks of his fight against cancer, John had the strength to attend the peaceful protests where the latest generation of Americans had taken to the streets to begin the unfinished work of racial justice. His visit to Mayor Bowser, the Mayor of Washington, painted an iconic picture of justice.
“In Congress, John Lewis was worshiped and loved on both sides of the aisle and on both sides of the Capitol. We have all been humble to call Congressman Lewis a colleague and have broken with his death. May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to face “good difficulties, necessary difficulties” in the face of injustice.
“God really blessed America with the life and leadership of John Lewis. May it be a comfort to his son John Miles, his whole family, Michael Collins and all of his staff that so many mourn their loss and pray for them in this sad time. “