Brooklyn, N.Y.— Senate Democratic Leader
Chuck Schumer today released the following statement on the
passing of Congressman John Lewis:
are very few people who you can say truly changed the world for the better;
John Lewis is certainly at the top of that list.
risking his life in Selma to remaining the ‘Conscience of Congress’ in the
House, Representative John Lewis devoted his life to fighting for equality and
for the civil rights of every single American, and ensuring a more equitable
country for every generation that followed his own.
did so with amazing strength, modesty, courage and fortitude.
his very early days, John was a man on a mission, who treated every person he
ever met with kindness and grace. Who forcefully, but gently, led us all to do
more and do better. As we mourn this loss—we must also celebrate and honor the
monumental contributions of a true American hero.”