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Beauvoir Community Mourns Death of Congressman John Robert Lewis (D-GA)

The Beauvoir Community joins the nation and the world in the loss of Civil Rights icon John Robert Lewis. Rep. Lewis, the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district for thirty-three years, died after a six-month battle with cancer on July 17, 2020. His was a lifetime of achievements, including receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 from then President Barack Obama.

His fierce compassion for all extended to today’s youth, encouraging them to “give it all you’ve got.” During the 2020 Commemoration of the 55th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the March from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama, a protest supporting voting rights for African Americans on March 7, 1965, Rep. Lewis had a strong message for the next generation: despite any difficulties faced, “you cannot give up or give in.”

One week after celebrating his seventy-eighth birthday, Rep. Lewis met with Beauvoir’s students at the Washington National Cathedral on February 27, 2018. It was a special honor for the school and community as he shared stories of his life and his own childhood with our children ranging from 5 to 9 years of age. In advance of his visit, the children read Preaching to the Chickens, Jabari Asim’s 2016 biography of John Lewis’s youth in Troy, Alabama where he was born on February 21, 1940.

“Although I was unable to witness the powerful presence of Rep. Lewis in our Cathedral that day,” Head of School Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn writes, “his conversation with the children undoubtedly made an indelible impact on them. We will forever be grateful to have been graced by his stories and express our deepest condolences to Rep. Lewis’s family and loved ones.”

Then, as now, his words will always resonate within our community, emboldening our Life Rules of kindness, respect, responsibility, and honesty. His lifetime call to action was constant in reminding everyone, no matter the age or ethnicity, of their role in making the world more equitable, inclusive, and just.

John Robert Lewis (1940-2020), may you rest in power and peace.

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