Last night, civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis passed away.
In response, Rachel Fleischer, Executive Director at Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:
“Last night the world lost a hero, a statesman and a civil rights icon.
Congressman John Lewis was the truest kind of patriot. He believed America could be better, even live up to its highest ideals of equality and liberty for all.
Congressman John Lewis spent his life fighting racism and injustice wherever he confronted it, from boycotts, sit-ins, and other protests in the streets, to championing bold, progressive policies in Congress. He made good trouble to help us get where we are today.
Through the decades, Congressman Lewis not only gave all of himself, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example. Today, millions of young people are heeding his call and voicing their opposition in the streets and at state Capitols across the country. He has shown us the courage that is needed to shift the direction of a country, and now it’s up to the rest of us to carry on his work and legacy.
The entire Young Invincibles team extends our condolences to the Lewis’ family, friends, staff and City of Atlanta.”