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Rep. Demings Honors U.S. Rep. John Lewis

July 18, 2020
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Today Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) commented on the passing of United States Representative John Lewis.  

Said Rep. Demings, “I woke up this morning to the sad, sad news of the passing of my friend and colleague, Mr. John Lewis. Every time I would see him, I would say, ‘Hello Mr. John Lewis.’ He would respond, ‘please call me John.’ And I would say, ‘okay, Mr. John Lewis.’ We would both laugh.

“I was in awe in the ‘60s and am still in awe today of the man who was larger than life. Mr. John Lewis was strong as a lion, yet gentle as dove. He loved America and was willing to work hard and sacrifice to make it a better place. In the dark and difficult days, he reminded us to protect our inner light, maintain our hope and our spirit; that only despair can impede the cause of justice.”

“He told us to seek out ‘good trouble,’ teaching us that nonviolence is not the same as passivity. He never lifted a hand in anger and yet his hands shaped America. As a student, he made the decision to devote—and risk—his life in the cause of justice. I know that he saw the same bravery in today’s young activists; that he loved them. In unity, we must continue to work together to hold America to its promise.

“Thank you, Mr. John Lewis, for a life well lived.”