"Never let anyone -
any person or any force
dampen or diminish
- John R. Lewis
Our Mission & Vision
Founded in 2021, The John R. Lewis Legacy Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.Our mission is to advance equity by preserving the legacy of the late Congressman John R. Lewis through dynamic community engagement and service projects.
We are committed to addressing food insecurity, promoting literacy, enhancing workforce readiness, and heightening health awareness. Embracing initiatives centered on social justice and educational equity, we persist in the pursuit of nonviolent change, equality, and civil rights, ensuring Congressman Lewis' spirit endures.
Good Trouble Makers
THE JRLLI TEAM
Tee Wilson is an accomplished brand and communications strategist with over 27 years of experience bringing brands to life. Her passion is executing cause related communications campaigns that inspire change and impact communities. Tee believes in the mission of the JRL Legacy Institute and is proud to use her talents for good trouble.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Tybre Faw is a 15 year-old activist from Johnson City, TN. In 2018, he traveled to the yearly remembrance of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in hopes to shake the hand of his hero, Congressman John Lewis. That meeting sparked a solid bond between the civil rights leader as a mentor to Tybre.
Hank Skolnick, a promising young man from Huntington Beach, CA, has found a profound source of inspiration in the life and legacy of the late Congressman John Lewis. Though he never had the opportunity to know the Congressman personally, Hank has diligently sought to understand the depth and breadth of Lewis's impact.
Jerrick Lewis is a native of Troy, Alabama. He was raised on the same family land as his uncle, the late Congressman John R. Lewis. Some of his fondest childhood memories include hearing the stories about his uncle’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Ron is the nephew of the late Honorable Congressman John R. Lewis. Ron’s passion to be one of the founding members of the JRL Legacy Institute comes from growing up seeing his uncle in history books and from the many conversations he had with his late grandmother about him.
An Atlanta native, Garry brings over twenty years of sales and marketing experience to The John Robert Lewis Legacy Institute, as well as a rich background in educational leadership. Garry is firmly dedicated to the legacy of his cousin, former Congressman Lewis, and committed to the mission of The John Robert Lewis Legacy Institute.
Armmon is a first cousin of the late Congressman Lewis. Born and raised in Troy, Alabama he spent much of his youth playing and exploring in the same fields and dirt roads that Congressman Lewis often preached about.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kimberly is one of many first cousins of the late Congressman John R. Lewis. It wasn’t until her late teens that Kimberly realized her familial connection to THE Congressman John R. Lewis because to her, he had always been, simply, Cousin Robert.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS