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I had the opportunity to sit at his feet and be nourished by his lessons, actions and words. In times of turmoil, I would always look to him to steady myself, find the lesson, and understand the actions needed to move forward toward justice, equality, and healing.

I never could quite understand how he could be so optimistic and have a heart full of forgiveness in spite of how he was mistreated. I would always strive to learn that lesson. And I still do today.

Thank you for your service, Congressman John Robert Lewis. You have been a good and faithful servant. Here’s to a life that literally changed the world.

As we mourn him, let’s not forget to learn and re-learn what he taught us on how to be better Americans and human beings.