AG Nessel Issues Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Giant Congressman John Lewis

Contact: Courtney Covington 517-355-7666
Agency: Attorney General

July 18, 2020

LANSING – After hearing of the passing of Con. John Lewis, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement: 

"Our country has lost a lion of the civil rights movement with the death of Con. John Lewis. This man’s life epitomized his strong belief in “good, necessary trouble” as he embraced non-violent activism to fight for equality. He was a mainstay at lunch counter sit-ins and with the Freedom Riders, and was the youngest keynote speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. Two years later his skull was fractured when he was brutally beaten crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. His career as an elected official followed, starting as an Atlanta city councilman and rising to Congress, where he served with calm dignity for more than 30 years. Let us remember his call to action as we continue to fight for equality for all: ‘When you see something that is not right, you have a moral obligation to do something, say something.'"

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