Jul 18, 2020
Statement from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTONAARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins released the following statement in response to the passing of Rep. John Lewis.   

"Today we mourn the loss of a fearless civil rights hero. Congressman John Lewis was a true example of leadership. He dedicated his life to equal justice for all Americans, bringing moral clarity to our national dialogue and inspiring individuals no matter what race, or party, or age, or religion. Rep. Lewis was an icon for generations of Americans, from his march in Selma that led to the Voting Rights Act, to his work to end discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. 

“Congressman Lewis represented Georgia's 5th Congressional District, but his real constituency spanned the country as the voice for millions of disenfranchised Americans. His legacy will live on as our nation continues to work together to advance racial justice, healing, and new progress toward full equality. All of us at AARP send our deepest condolences to the Lewis family.”


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