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  • The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Extends Prayers to Longtime Civil Rights and Political Leader John Lewis

    Published on December 31, 2019

    ATLANTA – Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., president of the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), issued the following statement today in response to news that legendary civil rights and political leader John Lewis has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Lewis is the longtime representative of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District.

    “Our prayers go out to Congressman John Lewis,” Dr. Steele said. “He has been a longtime supporter of the SCLC and for the voiceless in America.  We encourage him to stay strong, vigilant and relentless in addressing the most serious fight for his life just as he has done continuously in the fight to protect the civil and human rights for our people. There is no civil rights warrior more dedicated to the cause than John Lewis. I know he will wage this battle head on.”