National Federation of the Blind Mourns the Loss of Congressman John Lewis
Members of the National Federation of the Blind are extremely saddened to hear of the death of Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon of this nation and a true friend of the National Federation of the Blind. His death comes during a transformative moment in our nation. Fortunately, his life’s work, leadership, and mentoring leave a host of torchbearers to continue the fight for justice and equality.
A true ally of the blind, Congressman Lewis supported the Legislative Agenda of Blind Americans and served as a sponsor for many pieces of legislation to promote the full participation of blind people. We were honored when he joined us in our first march for independence held in Atlanta, Georgia on July 3, 2007. He marched hand in hand with the members of the National Federation of the Blind in a demonstration of support and solidarity. His keynote presentation given at Centennial Olympic Park was reminiscent of the 1963 March on Washington. He challenged us to “stand up and get in the way” and to get into “good trouble,” and he stated, "We are all one family, living in the same house!”
Congressman Lewis has gone to a well-deserved rest, but there is still so much work to be done. With respect to his legacy, as torchbearers for peace and equality, members of the National Federation of the Blind remain committed to standing up for justice and will continue to get into #GoodTrouble.