Washington, D.C. — In response to devastating news about the passing of civil rights leader, member of Congress and lifelong political activist Rep. John Lewis, President of People For the American Way Ben Jealous released the following statement:
“Our hearts are heavy with the news of Rep. John Lewis’ passing. He was a friend and source of inspiration. His life stands as a reminder to all Americans about the transformative power of our nation’s faith in universal equality and freedom. My hope and prayer is that we remember his sacrifices and his lived testament for all humanity: be bold, be courageous, be hopeful, and never stop stirring up good trouble because together we can make our greatest dreams real. Rest in power, Rep. Lewis.”
About People For the American Way Foundation
People For the American Way Foundation is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: http://www.pfaw.org.