Remembering Congressman John Lewis, 2006 Jefferson Award Recipient
Written by Multiplying Good on
Jul 18, 2020
Multiplying Good joins the Nation in mourning the loss of Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Lewis was a beloved member of the Multiplying Good community, having received a Jefferson Award in recognition of his extraordinary service to others. In 2006 Multiplying Good awarded Lewis the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official.
Lewis' distinguished public service career was marked by remarkable leadership, vision, and a lifelong commitment to universal human rights. In fact, one might consider Lewis' life and work a bridge connecting us all to each other and to the values upon which our great country is built.
Often called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced," Congressman John Lewis dedicated his life to securing civil liberties and building what he called during his Jefferson Award acceptance speech, "The Beloved Community" in America.
It is our privilege to share his speech from that day in his memory and in honor of his legacy of which we're proud to be a part.