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:
Voter Education &
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:
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:
The John R. Lewis
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.
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.
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.
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.