On July 18th, the nation lost a great leader and friend. Congressman John Lewis was a Civil Rights icon and one of the 13 original Freedom Riders. Having a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement, he helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where his mentor, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Throughout his life, Congressman Lewis encouraged others to be the best version of themselves and to recognize the beauty and value of every human life. He compelled us to stand up for all that is right and never stand on the sidelines. His legacy reminds us that one person can, in fact, change the world. Congressman Lewis leaves this country a better, more just place, but as recent events make evident, much work remains to be done.
As an institution of higher learning, we recognize this as a great responsibility. We affirm that we stand with and support the Black community in this struggle to end racism and social injustice. Fisher honors Congressman John Lewis’ memory by recommitting ourselves to fairness and opportunity for all.