A small memorial of signs, flowers, and candles is forming at Black Lives Matter Plaza, just north of the White House, as the country continues to mourn the loss of Congressman John Lewis. (July 20)
DARLENE SUPERVILLE: It just sort of leaves me speechless thinking that he's no longer around, especially in this moment, where we have seen this resurgence of Americans advocating against racial injustice for racial equality once again. And I think for many people, it's very sad that he won't be around to contribute to that.
BILL BARROW: He was a remarkably, even fierce, but gentle spirit. That will be hard to replace certainly from the Georgia fifth, from his congressional district, and will be hard to replace even in this new era of the ongoing civil rights movement that the United States is seeing.
JOHN LEWIS: We have come a distance. We have made progress, but we're not there yet.
NORMAN POWELL: When he was 17 years old, he had an opportunity to meet Martin Luther King, and he also met Rosa Parks. It's amazing that he basically spent all of his life fighting, and advocating, and working, and trying to bring about change for freedom in this country. And we need many more people to step up like him, and we can't let his death be for [? naught. ?] We can't let his death be in vain. So now, we need to have other people, others step up, pick up the flag, his flag, and carry on the fight to bring about and to end systemic racism in this country.
- He always have that consistent message that he said that he wanted people to see as transcending partisan politics, and that just be that representative democracy requires an equality of opportunity. Not necessarily inequality of outcome, but inequality of opportunity. And that starts with true universal access to the ballot to the voting booth.
- All Americans, who are interested in change, and also, who are wanting to carry on the legacy of John Lewis, will vote and will vote in a way that he would want us to vote and for the kinds of causes and the mission that he would want us to support.