2021-07-17

Re: Honoring John Lewis

This Thursday, July 17th, will mark the 1-year anniversary of the death of Representative John Lewis. In San Diego Bay, the Navy will christen the USNS John Lewis in his honor.

We are glad that the Navy is naming a ship after Representative Lewis. We hope the christening will spark everyone to research him and the Movement he lived for.

Representative John Lewis was a Civil Rights giant, and one of the hardest working individuals to have dedicated their lives to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr referred to as “the beloved community.”

At age 80, he was a national treasure and yet, in the year of his passing he still took to the streets seeking racial justice. He left us a model to follow and we hope everyone will take his advice and “get into good trouble.”

A Congressional delegation headed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will participate in the christening. If Congress truly wants to honor John Lewis, they will pass the John Lewis Voting Rights act without delay. Representative Lewis would have liked nothing better, and deserves no less.

Sincerely,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

 

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