Civil Rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis, who marched with Rev. Martin Luther King, participated in lunch-counter sit-ins, challenged segregated buses as one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, and crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, died on July 17 at the age of 80, losing his six-month battle with cancer. His commitment to fight for Human Rights and Social Justice is forever imprinted in the fabric of America’s history.
As NJPSA’s State Representatives in 2017, advocating for quality education in the Congressional Building in Washington DC., Board Members Nicole Moore and Fidelia Sturdivant had the pleasure and honor of meeting Rep. John Lewis.
Fidelia stated that Rep. Lewis is a hero who was steadfast in his mission for justice, yet kind and approachable. NJPSA/FEA joins the world in mourning the death and celebrating the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis.