Alexander Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

Posted on July 18, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 18, 2020 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis: 

“John Lewis’ life proves that the story of America can be, as the Rev. Ben Hooks used to say, ‘a work in progress for the better—even though we still have a long way to go.’ Sixty years ago, he was a Fisk University student in Nashville protesting laws that did not allow him to sit at lunch counters because of his race. He died a member of the United States Congress and a winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Tennesseans are grateful that he helped us understand better the meaning of equal opportunity.”