Remembering Congressman John Lewis
Jul 21, 2020 —
Millions around the country are mourning the loss of Congressman John Lewis, a giant in our nation’s civil rights history. Congressman Lewis passed away from cancer on Friday, but his legacy fighting for racial justice, voting rights, and equality remains critically important.
You’re among almost 500,000 people who’ve signed a petition urging Alabama to honor Congressman Lewis by renaming the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge after him. Thank you. To keep this campaign moving forward, we’ve now launched a new organization that will work to rename this bridge: the John Lewis Bridge Project.
The Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of the brutal Bloody Sunday beatings of civil rights marchers in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. Congressman Lewis helped lead this march, risking his life to build public support for civil rights legislation.
Edmund Pettus was a bitter racist. He was a Confederate soldier and a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). It is incomprehensible that we still have landmarks and bridges honoring racism and bigotry while Americans are continuing the fight for liberty, justice and freedom.
That’s why this work is more important and urgent than ever. Let’s honor the life and all of the “good trouble” that Congressman Lewis created, and work to remove the name of Edmund Pettus from this civil rights landmark, and replace it with someone who spent his life working to build a better America: Congressman John Lewis.
Thank you for taking action,
Michael Starr Hopkins
Founder, John Lewis Bridge Project
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