Family members of Rep. John Lewis spoke at a memorial service to honor the late congressman in his hometown of Troy, Alabama.
- The John Lewis that I knew, the John Lewis that I want you to know about, is the John Lewis that would gravitate toward the least of us, would drop by his four-year-old nephew's birthday party.
He would feed the hungry and homeless on Thanksgiving Day, took the time to go buy a young man a house in Troy that had portrayed a young John Lewis in his black history class, asking his young brothers to be part of his special guest list while receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, making a surprise visit to his great nephew's fifth grade class at Charles Henderson.
Always attended family functions, even if he could only stay for an hour or so because of his busy schedule. He was always concerned about the health and well-being of his family and members of others. To sum up [INAUDIBLE] life of John Lewis, I would say he worked a lifetime to help others and made the world a better place in which to live.
- John Robert Lewis, my big brother-- humble man, simple man, and a man of God. He always wanted to improve the lives of others without any concern for himself. His deep faith in God made him extraordinary. He was fearless by trusting in God, because he was chosen. He lived with the never-ending desire to help others.
He often told us, if you see something wrong, do something. His actions showed us just that. In a time when going to jail was perceived as trouble, he reminded us that it was good trouble, necessary trouble. See something, say something, do something.
- And you know, I don't want to mention all of his accolades, 'cause you all already know them. You all know these. You already know them. But he came from a humble beginning-- always humble and respectful to others. So to my brother Robert, this is not a goodbye. It's just a different kind of hello. And you know, when we talked, he always said, how you doing? He had this, "I'm well." So rest well, Robert. Rest well.
- I remember the day when John left home. Mother told him not to get in trouble, not to get in the way and be particular. Well, we all know that John got in trouble, got in the way. But it was a good trouble. John was different from the rest of the family. And he would have thoughts that all of the troubles he got himself into would change the world.
I am so honored that John was my brother, and he will live forever in all our hearts. So keep John's legacy alive. Let's get out and vote. And [INAUDIBLE] keep your eyes on the prize. I love you, brother. Rest on, and I will see you again one day.
- My name is Jackson Lewis [INAUDIBLE], and Congressman John Lewis was my uncle and my hero. And it's up to us to keep his legacy alive.