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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson’s Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

Jul 26, 2020
Press Release



 “I will remember my friend, Congressman John Lewis, for his kindness, forceful stance against injustice  and his unwavering hope for equality and his unwavering hope   for equality.

 “His belief in and fight for democracy had a definite impact on me and my opportunity to serve as a Member of the United States Congress.

“We often sat together on the House floor and he has visited Dallas on several occasions to lend both his voice and support when I asked.

"We’ve shared triumphs and trials together. One of those trying times was when we were arrested together in 2006 for peacefully protesting outside the Embassy of Sudan. After being arrested we were held in separate cells and I began to worry over the seriousness of the situation and that I could not see him. I soon heard his voice directing us to sing civil rights songs - we sang loud, strong, and long. We kept up so much noise that we were allowed to bail-out in four hours.

“My heart is extended to his staff and family at this time.

 “Thank you, my friend, for a lifetime full of “good trouble.”