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Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Pioneer and American Patriot Congressman John R. Lewis (D-Ga.)


By - Jul 18th, 2020 02:48 pm

Milwaukee, WI (July 18, 2020) Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas released the following statement today on the passing of Congressman John R. Lewis (D-Ga.).

I am deeply saddened by the passing of civil rights pioneer and freedom loving American patriot Congressman John R. Lewis. Congressman John Lewis was born of sharecroppers in a small, rural town in Alabama, but his life’s impact is one of influencing some of the most important figures in the 20th century in America and the world. His entry onto the world stage began as a student organizing marches and sit-ins, led to him becoming a “Freedom Rider” for justice and equality, and continued with him helping organize the historic “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” in August 1963. His organizing took him all over the country and led to him settling down in Georgia, where he began his life’s service in government. Congressmen Lewis’s fierce representation of Georgia’s 5th congressional district for 32 years led to him being dubbed the “Conscience of Congress.” Congressman Lewis leaves a legacy of honor, courage and sacrifice that will forever leave an indelible impression on the conscience of our nation. I pray for his family’s peace and comfort during his transition from labor to reward. Dr. King famously said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” He is right and Congressman Lewis lived each day of his life helping to bend that arc toward justice just a little bit more. Congressman Lewis now rests with the immortals but thank God he first belonged to us.”

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