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Posted on: July 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Congressman John Lewis--share your thoughts about a great man

John Lewis, the Congressman who died on Friday, was the Conscience of the Congress and one of the most important leaders in the Civil Rights movement. If you had the opportunity to meet him, hear him speak, participate in a march he organized please share

IF YOU MET JOHN LEWIS, HEARD HIM SPEAK, ATTENDED A MARCH HE ORGANIZED,  PLEASE ADVISE

John Lewis, the Congressman who died on Friday, inspired more than his constituents. He played an important role in some of the most important moments of the civil rights movement- fighting to end racist Jim Crow laws in the south, a leader in the March on Washington, the March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and the more recent fights against racism and inequality.

John Lewis was arrested over 40 times while leading the movement.While fighting cancer last month he spoke out against police brutality and systematic racism.

He was the Conscience of the Congress, an American Hero and he represented hope and the best America has to offer. During his life he told his story many times. I remember listening to him speak at a local event --and how he motivated and inspired those in attendance. It was personally exciting shaking the hand of someone who changed history and who never stopped fighting to make the world a better place.

If you met John Lewis, heard him speak, attended a March he led, please e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com so your thoughts can be shared with the community.  How did John Lewis change your life for the better?  At our next Town Board meeting we will have a moment of silence in honor of a great man who made the world a better place for so many people. My e mail is pfeiner@greenburghny.com

PAUL FEINER

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