Rep. John Robert Lewis is gone, but will never be forgotten.
For more than 15 years, Congressman Lewis met with the students of Cultural Leadership each summer during their Transformational Journey. He shared his story of growing up in rural Alabama and raising and preaching to chickens. He told us about his march across the bridge at Selma, about speaking to hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington, and about fearing for his life on the Freedom Rides.
He inspired our students with his insistence that they, too, can be leaders – telling them that they have “a moral obligation, a mission, and a mandate to speak up and speak out and get in good trouble. You can do it. You must do it.”
We will stand on his shoulders and continue the work. May he rest in freedom.