“John Lewis means everything to me,” Dickens said Monday, standing near the mural of Lewis at the corner of Auburn Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. “He’s an American hero.”
Lewis is also a friend to Dickens.
They’ve grown to know one another in the past few years, spending time together at Lewis’ home and his Washington, D.C. office.
The relationship between the men isn’t mentor and mentee, as one might expect, or even official to official.
“I’m an elected official,” Dickens said, “but when I’m around him I’m just a fan.”
Now Dickens is pulling for his hero to make it through. Dickens takes comfort in one fact about Lewis, a man who’s been beaten by racist mobs and whose skin still bears the scars.
Said Dickens: “The Congressman has been a fighter all his life.”