For Immediate Release
July 18, 2020
EMILYs List Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis
WASHINGTON, D.C. — EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement on the passing of civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis:
“John Lewis represented the best of us and he is already greatly missed. He embodied courage and conscience. America is better for his incredible life and his great work. Count all of us among the millions of people inspired by the example he set and looking to make some good trouble. Thank you, Congressman Lewis. Rest in Peace.”
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