During a county council virtual meeting on Tuesday, County Councilmember Will Jawando paid tribute to the life of civil rights icon and former U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Ga).
Lewis succumbed to pancreatic cancer on July 17. He was 80. Many local leaders continue to pay homage to Lewis’ legacy. Honored and respected as the conscience of the U.S. Congress and an icon of American history, Lewis was known as a voracious advocate for equal justice in America. Lewis helped organize and was a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in 1963.
“He was one of the original freedom riders that went down to de-segregate those bus lines…he was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington…he walked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Jawando.
County councilmember Jawando had the honor to be mentored by Lewis. He shared his precious memories of the civil rights legend with MyMCMedia:
The conscience of the Congress, a man of God, a mentor, a brother and a champion for the oppressed has gone home. Rest well Congressman Lewis. Thank you for your example and sacrifice. We will try to be worthy of it. #JohnLewis #GoodTrouble #restinpeace #restinpower 🙏🏾✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/JVGzDfHst2
— Will Jawando (@willjawando) July 18, 2020