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John Lewis (1940-2020)

Alan Flurry

One of the greatest Americans of his or any other time, U.S. Congressman John Lewis passed away at the age of 80. Lewis represented Georgia's 5th congressional district since 1987 and has positively impacted American life in countless ways. We are indebted for his selfless acts of courage, perseverance and generosity in service of fulfilling our nation's highest ideals.

Lewis presented the 2011 Mary Frances Early Lecture at UGA. His inspiring words from the Chapel that day as well as thousands of other venues over the years continue to challenge us citizens and lead us as a conscience for justice and equality.

The UGA Russell Library for Political Research and Studies hosts an extended interview with Congressman Lewis from 2012. We all do ourselves a favor by listening to his words and learning from his experience.

Image: John Lewis mural on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, GA

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