Statement on Life and Legacy of the Honorable John Lewis

Today SKDK honors the life and mourns the loss of civil rights legend and American hero, Congressman John Lewis. Our country has lost one of its greatest champions for civil and human rights and a true drum major for justice. He was a great leader who put his life and body on the line so that America could live up to her ideals. He inspired many of us and generations of Americans to get into “good trouble, necessary trouble” to ensure that equality, dignity, and respect were not reserved for the few but a reality for all. 

There is an enormous debt owed to Congressman John Lewis. His example of courage, compassion, and commitment to racial equity and social justice is just as powerful today as in 1965 on a bridge in Selma, Alabama, when he almost lost his life in the cause of freedom and justice.

Congressman Lewis’ legacy continues in those who are protesting social justice today. His life is a testament to what is possible, and his work is a blueprint for hope and how to hold America to the tenets of the promises of its constitution and laws.