Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

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 The Colorado Democratic Party released the following statement in reaction in reaction to the tragic news that Congressman John Lewis of Georgia– a civil rights giant and an American icon — has died at the age of 80:

Morgan Carroll, Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party

“From his beginning as a student activist in Nashville to his end as a civil rights titan in the halls of Congress, Rep. John Lewis embodied the best of us in his long, monumental life. For me, and for countless Democrats who pursued a life of public service and activism, John Lewis was our hero, and our party owes him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. John Lewis was the inspiration for generations after his to take up the fight for civil liberties, voting rights, and justice in our imperfect union. Though our country has lost a giant, I know the Congressman would want us to continue his fight.. 

“We will grieve, we will mourn for his family and loved ones, and we will go to work to continue his fight for a more perfect and just union. A union where Black lives matter, where voting rights aren’t infringed, where every American, no matter the color of their skin, can walk down the street without fearing for their lives. We will continue to honor John Lewis’ beliefs that ‘freedom is not a state; it is an act’, to ‘not get lost in a sea of despair’, and of course, to ‘never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble.”