John Lewis was among America’s most tireless advocates for civil and human rights. He has been an inspiration for a nation. Congressman Lewis was also a vocal supporter for public defenders, who he saw as integral to that struggle. In that role, he has been an inspiration for the thousands of women and men fighting along-side marginalized communities to resist injustice in the nation’s criminal legal system. He understood that the criminal legal system is the latest manifestation of an ongoing effort to oppress people of color in this country. He knew public defenders were first responders in that fight. John Lewis loved public defenders. And, we loved John Lewis.
– The Gideon’s Promise Family
Congressman Lewis speaking at a Gideon’s Promise event in 2011.
“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up … you have to do something.”
Congressman John Lewis