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Rep John Lewis Endorses & Embraces Joe Biden for President

All of America is saddened at the news of the Honorable Rep John Lewis' passing. Please keep his legacy and family in your thoughts as you read through this article from April. "We need his leadership now more than ever before", Rep John Lewis, icon of the Civil Rights Movement, said in endorsing Joe Biden. "He has been a friend, a dear friend. He's a man of courage, a man with a great conscience, a man of faith," Lewis said in a call with reporters. "He will be a great president. He will lead our country to a better place. He would inspire another generation to stand up, to speak up and to speak out, to be brave and to be bold."

"Joe Biden would not be afraid to stand up and preach the way of peace, the way of love, will not be afraid to preach the fight that we must respect the dignity and the worth of every human being," he added. "He can help us and will help us regain our way as a nation and as a people."

Lewis is among the most revered African American members of Congress and a leader of the civil rights movement. In 1965, he was among the demonstrators marching for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, a day that became known as "Bloody Sunday." Lewis, 25 at the time, had his skull fractured by white police officers who beat marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma that day.

In his call with reporters, the 80-year-old Democratic congressman acknowledged his health troubles after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year but insisted he will actively campaign for the former vice president. "I have a few health problems now, but they will not be with me forever. I plan to travel around America to support him and be able to speak up and speak out for him," he said. "I know what it is to campaign hard and to work hard, and I will be out there working and campaigning for Joe Biden as president of the United States of America."

The endorsement from the influential African American leader comes as Biden leads in the delegate count over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Lewis made the endorsement more than a month before his state's Democratic primary. Georgia's contest was initially scheduled for March 24 but was delayed until May 19 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lewis stressed the need for Americans to vote during these trying times, saying, "We cannot find an excuse not to vote. We must make it easy, simple and convenient for all of our citizens to participate in the democratic process."

In his endorsement, Lewis also weighed in on Biden's upcoming vice presidential search, urging him to select a woman who is reflective of the country as his running mate. "It would be good to have a woman of color. It would be good to have a woman," he said. "It would be good to have a woman look like the rest of America -- smart, gifted, a fighter, a warrior. And we have plenty of able women, some of black, white, Latino, Asian American, Native American. I think the time has long past of making the White House look like the whole of America."

***Updated 7/20/20 - We are very saddend by the news of the Honorable Rep John Lewis' passing. Please keep his legacy and family in your minds and hearts in reading this article from April

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Rep John Lewis via email April 7TH

As I look at what’s happening to our country right now, I’m shocked and saddened. People across the country are suffering. And, we deserve a leader who is strong and compassionate, but that’s not what we’re getting from the White House. So, I’m speaking out and fighting for empathetic, moral leadership. I’ve always fought for what was right. I fought against racial injustice with Dr. King. I was beaten bloody and tear-gassed, fighting for what’s right for America. And, right now I refuse to stay silent and do nothing while Donald Trump reverses so much of the hard fought progress we’ve made.
That’s why today, I’m proud to endorse my friend Joe Biden for president.
But, he can’t win this election alone. Can you chip in to his campaign to help him today?

I did not march across the bridge at Selma on March 7, 1965, and almost lose my life to watch a president undo the progress we fought so hard for. We CANNOT rest until we fix the injustice caused by Donald Trump. So trust me when I say that Joe Biden is the exact kind of leader we need to unite this country and continue our work towards a more just democracy.

Joe is a leader with talent, strength, and dedication to our country. We must do everything we can to elect Joe Biden. We must do everything we can to make sure his voice isn’t drowned out by Donald Trump. That means supporting his campaign when he needs it most.

It has been my life’s mission to stand up for justice in the face of hate. We need leaders like Joe who will stand up and speak out for Americans, not someone who will work against us. Not someone who will move us backward. That’s why I’m doing everything in my power to elect Joe Biden. Will you join me?

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I know if we elect Joe, we can get back on the right path.

In solidarity,
Rep. John Lewis

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