John Lewis’ Legacy Remembered, US Navy Ship Named In Honor

Congressional delegation went to San Diego for the U.S. Navy Christening Ceremony of the USNS John Lewis ship.

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Today, marks the one year anniversary of the death of one of America’s true patriots: Civil Rights icon and former Georgia Congressman John Lewis.

As Congressman Lewis is being remembered, America faces a crisis of democracy as Republicans–emboldened by Donald Trump’s baseless big lie regarding his losing the 2020 Election–are busy enacting laws to disenfranchise Black Americans and other voters of color.

As Lewis’ legacy is being remembered today, Molly McGrath, ACLU senior campaign strategist, said:

“Today marks one year since the death of civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis. This past year we’ve seen innumerable attacks on the right to vote—more than 400 anti-voter bills have been introduced in 48 states. These bills erect unnecessary barriers for people to register to vote, vote by mail, or vote in person. “As we reflect on the life of Congressman Lewis, Congress and President Biden must urgently act and pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect the right to vote and make the promise of democracy real for all of us. There is no time for delay.”

Also today, a Congressional delegation went to San Diego for the U.S. Navy Christening Ceremony of the USNS John Lewis ship. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the following:

“As House Speaker, it is my official and personal honor to lead this distinguished group of Members to pay tribute to our beloved colleague and dear friend, the late Congressman John Lewis,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “John Lewis was a true warrior for freedom, who helped transform America with his unrivaled courage, patriotism and goodness. It is fitting that, one year after his passing, so many of John’s friends will gather this weekend to celebrate his saintly life and to christen a naval ship bearing his name, a beautiful testament to his legacy as one of the greatest heroes of American history.”

Pelosi added: “As the USNS John Lewis sets sail across the sea in service to our nation, may this beautiful ship be a beacon of strength and inspiration as we carry on John’s life mission: to pursue a more perfect union.”

The USNS John Lewis is the lead ship of the T-AO Fleet Oiler Program, which transfers fuel to the Navy’s carrier strike groups operating at sea.

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