Social Justice

When considering how to honor the legacy of John R. Lewis, it was evident social justice would be one of our primary areas of focus. Congressman Lewis was steadfast and committed to the fight for equity and equality. We will honor him by carrying the torch of justice in our work.

Under the pillar of social justice will be the following initiatives: 

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Voter Education &

Registration

Financial

Literacy

Diversity &

Inclusion

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Human

Rights

Youth

Empowerment

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Equity in Education

Congressman Lewis believed all students should have access to a good, affordable and equitable education. He also believed a curriculum on government, public policy, leadership, and human rights should be accessible to our youth they can be prepared for "Good Trouble."  Under our Equity in Education pillar will be the following initiatives: 

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Childhood

Literacy

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Scholarship

Program

Civil Rights

Education

 

Health Awareness

In 2019, Congressman John R. Lewis was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In his memory, Health Awareness will be our third area of focus. African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the country. We are committed to doing our part to change that.

Under this pillar will be the following initiatives: 

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Cancer

Awareness

Cancer

Screening

Pancreatic Cancer

Education

 

SIGNATURE EVENTS

The John R. Lewis

Legacy Gala

The inaugural JRL Legacy Gala will be held in February 2023. This event will be held every year in celebration of John's birthday and his contribution to our country. 

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Annual JRL Memorial Ride

and Golf Tournament

The purpose of the John R. Lewis Legacy Institute Charity Ride is to celebrate his life while bringing together people from all walks of life. The Charity Ride and the Golf Tournament will bring awareness to attributes represented by the legacy of Congressman Lewis: Truth, Justice and Humility.

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Pancreatic Cancer

Awareness Month

Each November we will recognize

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month by hosting educational events, free screenings and raising money for pancreatic cancer research and hopefully one day, a cure. 

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Trench Coats

& Backpacks

Youth Literacy Campaign

Our annual Trench Coats &

Backpacks youth literacy campaign will build awareness about the importance of literacy while also providing books to  our youth that will educate them on social justice, equity, and the legacy of the movement.