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Statement from AAJ President Tobi Millrood on the Passing of Representative John Lewis

July 20,2020

With the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, today we mourn a giant of justice. John Lewis committed his life to freedom, equality and basic human rights. He embodied the essence of fighting for justice, especially in the areas of voting and civil rights, stating, the right to “vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have to create a more perfect union."

He was willing to put his life on the line for those causes and became the standard bearer for pushing back against injustice. As AAJ moves forward as an organization to protect the vote and to provide broadened rights for victims of police brutality and civil rights violations, we are inspired by the fight and legacy left by John Lewis, a hero of justice.