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John Lewis

Good Trouble Vigils For Democracy Recognizes
Former Congressman John Lewis

BY LOUIS C. WARD 
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Photo Cutline: Late Congressman John Lewis (AP Image)  

TAVARES, FL. - All about the Ballots will recognize the work and contributions of Democratic Representative John Lewis with a Good Trouble Virgil for Democracy Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm at the Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office at 1898 East Burleigh Blvd, Tavares, Florida 32778. 

John Lewis, an American statesman and civil rights activist served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death July 17, 2020. Well known and highly respected for his role in the fight for civil rights, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.  The historic march became known as Bloody Sunday.  State troopers and police attacked the marchers, including Lewis. Lewis served 17 terms in Congress. 

The event will be held in the SOE’s parking lot.  The program includes celebrating Lewis’ extraordinary legacy and a call on Congress to pass critical legislation to protect the freedom to vote, requesting an end gerrymandering, and taking money out of politics to realize Rep. Lewis’ vision for a democracy that works for all of us.   Performances include a youth presentation on the life of John Lewis and Ruth King, a local vocalist and guitarist will lead freedom songs, and candle-lighting. 

“It's going to take the old, the middle-aged, and the young to fight against voter suppression efforts so don't pass your torches just yet, reach down and light the torches of those following in your footsteps,” said Cassandra Brown, using a direct quote from Representative John Lewis. 

For more information, please contact Cassandra Brown, cassieb0404@gmail.com, 352-286-0287 orMae Hazelton, arthuah@yahoo.com, 352-636-0911.