National Consumers League

National Consumers League mourns the passing of NCL honoree, Representative John Lewis

July 18, 2020

Media contact: National Consumers League – Carol McKay, carolm@nclnet.org, (412) 945-3242 or Taun Sterling, tauns@nclnet.org, (202) 207-2832

Washington, DC—The staff and Board of Directors of the National Consumers League (NCL) is mourning the loss of national icon and civil rights hero, Representative John Lewis of Georgia.

This statement may be attributed to NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg:

“NCL mourns the passing of Representative John Lewis. We were honored in 2017 to pay tribute to the iconic civil rights leader and member of Congress from Georgia, who received our annual Trumpeter Award. During the evening, Congressman Lewis spoke eloquently about staying optimistic even in the face of a conservative wave, stressed the importance of fighting for consumer and worker rights, and described how he learned his oratory skills preaching to the hens in his family’s chicken coop, making the crowd laugh. Mr. Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who embraced nonviolence, suffered serious injury in Selma marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and sustained beatings and concussions in encounters with police and protesters throughout his career.

"NCL leaders, founded in 1899 and whose early leaders fought for racial equality, worked tirelessly to pass anti-lynching laws, and refused to frequent hotels at the turn of the century that wouldn’t welcome African American guests, is saddened by the passing of this historic leader. Mr. Lewis is among last of the MLK generation who put their lives on the line to challenge Jim Crow laws and enact a broad array of civil rights statutes. John Lewis’ voice will be sorely missed as we enter a renewed era addressing the unfinished business of preventing police brutality against African Americans and broadening the civil rights of all Americans.”

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