Submitted By Rep. Kweisi Mfume

With the passing of John Lewis America has lost one of her greatest heroes, and I have lost an old and dear friend. John and I were sworn into the historic 100th Congress as classmates 33 years ago. The passion for equality that he carried with him throughout his life never waned, and his untiring quest for justice never faltered. With a big heart for compassion John, like his mentor Dr. Martin Luther king, was unawed by opinion, unseduced by flattery and undismayed by disaster.

Kweisi Mfume (Courtesy Photo)

Birthed in the era of Jim Crow and vile segregation he defied the limitedness of others expectations. Knowing that politics change people, he decided to change politics, and did he ever. While his victories, accomplishments, and honors are far too numerous to remember or mention, it is important to know that John just wanted to be remembered as a simple man with a fire in his belly for justice.

In an age where everyone seems to be searching for the next great thing isn’t it odd that the greatness of John Lewis was with us all along. We needed only to look as far as the latest movement for change to find it.

We are sad today, but heaven is rejoicing. John has claimed his final reward.

With deepest respect,

Kweisi Mfume