We lost John Lewis (D-Ga) tonight. I have no words to describe my sorrow or the loss we suffered.
So this article will be short.
Lewis passed after a short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer.
He stepped up to join other civil rights leaders in 1961, when he was one of the first Freedom Riders. In 1963, he spoke at the March on Washington. In 1965, he was savagely beaten by racists during a march in Selma, Alabama.
His SNCC colleague, Courtland Cox, said of Rep. Lewis:
In the face of what John considered the evils of segregation, he was fearless.
He served in Congress for decades, consistently fighting for the rights of African-Americans and for democracy as a whole. He fought for right and justice for every human being everywhere. He was among the best America has to offer.
I lack the heart to write more. Let some of our best speak instead.
Speaker Pelosi: "All of us were humbled to call Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing. May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make 'good trouble, necessary trouble.'"
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 18, 2020
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) July 18, 2020
John Lewis was an American treasure.
He gave a voice to the voiceless, and he reminded each of us that the most powerful nonviolent tool is the vote.
Our hearts feel empty without our friend, but we find comfort knowing that he is free at last.
— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) July 18, 2020
We learned from civil rights giant Congressman John Lewis that we have “a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, to speak up, speak out and get in good trouble.”
In honor of his legacy, we will continue on this path of good trouble.
Rest in power, Congressman.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 18, 2020
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) March 7, 2015
And from Rep. Lewis himself:
Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. #goodtrouble
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 27, 2018
Godspeed, sir. You have all the love in our hearts and your family and friends have our prayers and our well wishes.