Saturday, July 18, 2020
Congressman Cleaver Shares Statement On Passing Of Congressman John Lewis
The former Mayor of Kansas City, current top-ranking elected official AND faith leader shares his insight on a passing that has been marked throughout the world . . .
Rep. Cleaver’s Statement on the Passing of John Lewis
(Kansas City, MO) – United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II released the statement below following the passing of Congressman John Lewis.
“Today is a deeply painful day. Not only for those of us who considered John a dear friend, but for an entire nation who saw him as the civil rights icon he was.
As I reflect on the extraordinary life of John Lewis and look back at the time when publicly promoting civil rights could get you killed, I am reminded of this quote from Genesis: "There were giants in the earth in those days.”
At a whopping 5'9”, John Lewis was one of the tallest. He never promoted himself, but then, a lion never needs to introduce himself as a lion.
I will never become so busy that I will not miss him. However, I will remain busy because the march toward true justice and equality for all—the same one he helped lead for over six decades—has not reached its final destination.
There are still many injustices to rectify and plenty of good trouble to make. While John will no longer be marching alongside us as we push this nation to fulfill the founding promise that all people are created equal, we will carry him in our hearts until we reach the promised land.
May John rest easy as the sun sets on his remarkable life, and may the world be forever grateful for his service to humanity.”