Here are tributes to 10 notable authors who died in 2020 …
Some were theologians, others were writers or other public figures who have shaped our work. They all will be missed!
(Civil Rights Activist / Congressman)
John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was an American politician, statesman, and civil rights activist and leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966.
Lewis was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In an incident which became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers and police attacked the marchers, including Lewis.
A member of the Democratic Party, Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1986 and served 17 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. (via Wikipedia)
“Lewis recounted his young days of ministry in “March,” the award-winning graphic novel series about his life in rural Alabama, his role in interfaith and interracial civil rights marches and his leadership as a Democratic congressman.
He preached his first public sermon five days before he turned 16, on the theme “A Praying Mother,” based on the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel. A nearby newspaper wrote about it, featuring his photo: “That was the first time I ever saw my name in print,” he wrote in the first book of the trilogy of graphic novels.”
- Excerpt from the Christianity Today Obituary
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