APWA pays respect to civil rights icon John Lewis

The American Public Works Association (APWA) is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Representative John Lewis (D-GA) on July 17th at the age of 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Representative Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1987 to represent the Atlanta area in the state of Georgia.

Congressman Lewis spent the majority of his adult and political life working to advocate on behalf of those he felt most needed his support, particularly with his dedicated work in the area of civil rights. He was so revered for his work in civil rights, he became widely known as the “Conscience of Congress.” The Congressman also shared his civil rights journey in a book titled ‘Walking With the Wind.’

Prior to his service in Congress, he served as a member of the Atlanta City Council. Congressman Lewis is survived by his son John-Miles Lewis.
APWA joins with the many other organizations and individuals expressing an outpouring of condolences to the entire Lewis family, and APWA expresses our appreciation for all of the Congressman’s work on behalf of his constituents and people of the United States.