Rep. Price Statement on the Death of Congressman John Lewis
CHAPEL HILL, NC (July 18, 2020) -- Congressman David Price released the following statement on the death of Congressman John Lewis, civil rights champion and congressional colleague:
“Lisa and I are deeply saddened to learn that Congressman John Lewis has died. We have valued his friendship since he and I came to the House together after the 1986 elections.
“Congressman John Lewis’ remarkable life -- rising from the Jim Crow South to courageous leadership in the Civil Rights movement to his service in the halls of Congress -- is a uniquely American story, as he often said. But his love of our country was expressed in his lifelong determination that it redeem its failures and live up to its democratic promise. His moral clarity in the face of injustice harnessed the power of everyday people to demand equality in the eyes of the law, a fair chance at a better life, and inclusion in the “beloved community.”
“John had a special passion for voting and voting rights — fighting to restore the full power of the Voting Rights Act and arousing voters with reminders of the price that has been paid for their rights. As a senior Ways and Means Committee member, he was a force behind more accessible health care. But John used his position to interpret and educate as well as to legislate. He led the Faith and Politics pilgrimage every year to the bridge at Selma and other civil rights sites. Many times I have seen him interrupt whatever he was doing to greet a school group with a word of inspiration or to answer a visitor’s question.
“John’s greatness, in other words, consisted not only in his courage and determination as a young man on that bridge, but in a lifetime spent telling the story of the movement and calling our country and all of us to our better selves. His personal combination of humility, a prophetic faith, dogged determination, and conviction of the value and potential of every human being was, in my experience, absolutely unique. His death leaves a huge void, but his memory compels us to carry forward his vision and the struggles it requires.”