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Statement from President Bobbie Knight regarding the passing of Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis

Article Date:
07/18/20
Category:
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Statement from President Bobbie Knight regarding the passing of Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis

On behalf of the Miles College community, I want to extend to the family of US Congressman John Lewis our deepest sympathy. Lewis has been a warrior fighting for freedom and equality all of his life. We have all seen the photographs of Lewis being beaten as he and others attempted to cross the Edmund Pettis Bridge. These images, as well as his voice for justice are seared in our memories. 

Long before he was elected to the US House of Representatives, John Lewis, an Alabama native and son of a sharecropper represented African Americans, all Americans, and especially young people. He was our collective conscience and impassioned voice for freedom. 

Because of the leadership role Miles College and her students took in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, John Lewis visited the campus several times. The Miles College family was honored to have hosted him on campus for his birthday in 2016. 

Lewis was our friend. 

As we embark upon an era of social and economic justice, I am emboldened by these words of John Lewis and I want all of us to remember them: 
 
“If you see something that is not right, not fair, not just,
You have a moral obligation to do something about it. 
Freedom is not a state; it is not an enchanted garden
where we can finally sit down. Freedom is the continuous 
action we must all take, and each generation must do its 
part to create an even more fair, more just society.”
 
Let us all remember our conscience, our friend, and fighter for justice.

Rest in Peace
Congressman John Lewis 
(1940-2020)
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