Georgia lost two civil rights icons on the same day. Both Reverend C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis passed away on July 17th.
Former Senator Johnny Isakson tweeted out the picture of him hugging his friend and colleague on the House floor expressing his sorrow for the passing of Congressman Lewis:
I am terribly saddened by the loss of a great man. @repjohnlewis was a man of faith, who fought every battle with dignity, including his last. His legacy and the lessons he leaves behind have touched us all, and my prayers are with all who loved him. We will miss you, my friend.
Senator David Perdue issued this statement on the loss of his colleague:
“No one embodied the word ‘courage’ better than John Lewis. As a civil rights icon, John inspired millions of Americans to fight injustice and reject the status quo. Without a doubt, his wisdom and resolve made the world a better place. Bonnie and I join the nation in sending heartfelt prayers to John’s loved ones during this difficult time. We hope they find comfort in knowing he is at peace and that his legacy will live on for generations to come.”
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston released this statement on the passing of Congressman Lewis:
“Congressman John Lewis was a pillar of strength — solid and sure as rock. From the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Lewis challenged our nation to become a better version of itself. We mourn his passing but cherish the example he leaves with us. God bless his faithful servant, Congressman John Lewis.”
And the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus issued this release memorializing the passing of Reverend Vivian:
“The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus is extremely saddened by the passing of Reverend C.T. Vivian. His life was dedicated to freedom, justice and equality for all people. His mind was committed to understanding the complexities of race, power and privilege. His spirit sought to be a soothing balm to those who suffered and were exploited or treated inhumanely.
“His legacy as an American hero is without question. Rev. Vivian’s passing deserves all the federal, state and local recognition afforded to any hero who was committed to preserving the American dream for all who dared to dream about a better life and world.”