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UB students memorialize John Lewis

John Lewis, then an organizer of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, after being arrested in Nashville, Tennessee during civil rights demonstrations.
Photo courtesy of the University of Baltimore History Club.

Longtime U.S. Representative and civil rights legend John Lewis (D-GA) passed away on Saturday, July 18 at the age of 80.

Days before his passing, Lewis penned an essay for the New York Times titled, “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation”.

UB students took a step in that direction last night by memorializing Lewis’ legacy in an event commemorating his involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and reflecting on the impact that the organization had on his life and career.

Judy Richardson and Betty Robinson, two veterans of the SNCC, reflected on Lewis, their time as student organizers, and how the experience shaped all of them.

Over 80 students attended the virtual event sponsored by the History Club.

“We appreciate the students of the University of Baltimore for coming out to our event last night to honor the memory and legacy of the late Congressman John Lewis,” said Abraham Rodriguez, president of the History Club. “We will be providing engaging events on a variety of topics for the remainder of this semester.”

A recording of the event is available here.

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