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Fisher College Mourns Passing of Civil Rights Icon Congressman John Lewis

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.

Remembering John Lewis and his Fight for Civil Rights

John Lewis was a leader in the fight for civil rights at a young age. He was a founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, a platform for younger black activists in the Civil Rights movement.  At 23, he was the youngest speaker at the famous March on Washington.

John Lewis faced violence and brutality from police on multiple occasions. This picture was taken right before state troopers beat him and gassed him on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama. However, he would continue for the rest of his life, as he summed up in one of his his most famost quote:

"Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul od America." 



From 1987 until his passing in 2020, he served in congress and represented Georgia's 5th District in the Democratic Party. He was known by his colleagues as the "conscience of congress" where he continued to fight for Civil Rights and speak out against issues ranging from affordable healthcare, to safety, to the formation of the Smithsonian's African American history museum. 

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