Atlanta and nation hold events to honor Congressman John Lewis on anniversary of his death
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People light their candles during the Good Trouble Vigil in Vine City on Saturday evening, July 17, 2021. Saturday was the one-year anniversary of the death of Congressman John Lewis. “Good trouble” was Lewis’ signature phrase, and, since his death, it has become shorthand for his approach that included nonviolent protest, activism and left-leaning politics. (Photo: Ben Gray for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Organizers say the Georgia events are among many organized across the country, including one at 8 p.m. at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C.
Local events begin Saturday with a bicycle ride in downtown Atlanta, the John Lewis Memorial Freedom Ride.
In California, the Navy will christen a ship named for Lewis, the USNS John Lewis. The event will be held at the San Diego shipyard, where the 742-foot-long vessel was built. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will lead a delegation of House members who are attending the event, scheduled for noon EDT.
»Watch a replay of the christening of the USNS John Lewis
On Sunday, ToTal Dance/Dancical productions will perform a tribute to Lewis at 5 p.m. in Mosley Park,1565 Martin Luther King Drive NW, Atlanta. The show will include performances by the Mojah Dance Theatre.
The AJC will be covering tribute events with articles, photos and video.
Back in Atlanta, hundreds of cyclists gathered for the first of what hopefully is an annual John Lewis Memorial Ride. Stops included his gravesite & the Auburn Avenue mural. Video by @ryonhornehttps://t.co/OUnDVBx3IB
— Tia Mitchell, AJC’s Washington Correspondent (@ajconwashington) July 17, 2021
Meet the many former aides, colleagues, politicians and family members who say they intend to carry on Lewis’ legacy. And they say the work they are doing today is a direct reflection of lessons Lewis taught them.