Dr. Teresa Miller SUNY Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer and SUNY Board of Trustees Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

July 18, 2020

"SUNY joins the rest of America in mourning the passing of civil rights icon, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. His courage and leadership served as an inspiration for a new generation of young civil rights activists who joined in the struggle for civil and human rights, and laid the foundation for today's ongoing fight for social and racial justice.

"Congressman John Lewis's fortitude and moral clarity was legendary and places him among the pantheon of American heroes like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Rosa Parks. He was truly a living legend while with us, and now takes his place among the stars to forever be remembered and loved."

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