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Washington, D.C. – Today, Bread for the World released the following statement on the passing of U.S. representative and civil rights leader John Lewis:
“Bread for the World mourns the passing of Rep. John Lewis, an African American faith leader who was a hero and icon of the civil rights movement. A leader and speaker at the historic March on Washington, during his 23 years representing Georgia’s 5th district in the U.S. Congress he was often referred to as our ‘nation’s moral conscience.’ Rep. Lewis dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he and other civil rights leaders called 'The Beloved Community’ in the U.S. and globally.
“While in Congress, Rep. Lewis supported expansion of numerous anti-hunger initiatives including legislation to improve and expand food security and nutrition programs globally, and child nutrition and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the U.S. Bread was honored to work with him on these efforts over the years. May his life and legacy be an inspiration to all who stand courageously to end hunger and poverty and seek the end injustice everywhere.”
The efforts to redress systemic racism and injustice, violence, and oppression we see today would not be possible without the leadership and sacrifices made by Rep. Lewis and so many others. In this moment in our nation, Bread for the World reaffirms its commitment to these efforts. Read our statement: A call to life, racial justice, healing, and transformation.
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