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07.18.20

IFPTE Honors the Life of Congressman John Robert Lewis

WASHINGTON, DC - The IFPTE family was saddened to learn of the passing of one of our nation’s most courageous and influential men, Congressman John Robert Lewis. He was an icon of the Civil Rights movement, peacefully marching in the 1960s across the South and in Washington, DC against the racism, bigotry, and hatred that engulfed much of the nation.

On March 7, 1965, Congressman Lewis led 600 peaceful protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, only to be met by such brutal police attacks that he suffered a fractured skull. It was this day, known in our history as ‘Bloody Sunday’, which served as the tipping point to the ultimate passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

He commonly urged citizens to protest injustices by getting into “good trouble”, to challenge any immoral and unjust laws – a fight that he never stopped fighting, as he marched with the Black Lives Matter movement in Washington, DC just a few short weeks ago. Congressman Lewis was as strong a supporter of unions as you will find anywhere because he believed that collective bargaining rights and civil rights go hand-in-hand. Congressman Lewis would step into any fight on the side of workers, as he did for IFPTE members in 2003 when he urged the Boeing Company to stop intimidating their workers during a recertification campaign in Wichita.

IFPTE was honored when the Congressman accepted our invitation to speak at our 2013 legislative conference in which he reminded us all that “our vote is our most sacred right.” IFPTE was proud to offer the Congressman an honorary membership in our union at that time.

Congressman Lewis was known as the “conscience of the United States Congress”, but IFPTE believes has was the conscious of not only the Congress but the nation. IFPTE mourns his loss and offers condolences to his family, staff, and constituents.

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Here is a rundown of the celebrations to honor Congressman Lewis:

SATURDAY, JULY 24 - TROY, ALABAMA AND SELMA, ALABAMA
A SERVICE CELEBRATING "THE BOY FROM TROY”


Trojan Arena, Troy University
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT

This ceremony is open to the public, but seating is limited. Participants must obtain a ticket in the parking lot of the arena upon arrival to enter the facility. Due to the needs required to maintain social distancing, only 800 public seats are available.

Rep. Lewis Lies in Repose
Trojan Arena, Troy University
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Selma Honors Congressman John Robert Lewis: 1940-2020
Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CT

Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Rep. Lewis Lies in Repose
Brown Chapel A.ME. Church
8 p.m. – 11 p.m. CT

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

SUNDAY, JULY 26 - SELMA, ALABAMA AND MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
“#GOOD TROUBLE: COURAGE, SACRIFICE & THE LONG MARCH FOR FREEDOM”
The Final Crossing


Edmund Pettus Bridge
10 a.m. CT

The public is invited to view the processional as it travels from Brown Chapel to the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Receiving Ceremony
Alabama State Capitol
Front Entrance Hall State Capitol
2 p.m – 2:15 p.m. CT

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State
Alabama State Capitol
3 p.m. – 7 p.m. CT

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

MONDAY, JULY 27 & TUESDAY, JULY 28
THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CONGRESS


Washington, D.C.
Special Ceremony

Rotunda, United States Capitol
Mon., July 27, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State
United States Capitol
Mon., July 27, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tues., July 28, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Given COVID-19 precautions, Rep. Lewis will lie in state at the top of the East Front Steps of the U.S. Capitol for the public viewing, and the public will file past on the East Plaza. Per the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s order, masks will be required to enter the line, which will begin at the corner of First and East Capitol Streets NE. Social distancing will also be strictly enforced. Given expected high temperatures and the potential for inclement weather, members of the public are encouraged to bring water and umbrellas.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 - ATLANTA
ATLANTA’S SERVANT LEADER


Special Ceremony
Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State
Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
8 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Omega Service
Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

THURSDAY, JULY 30
A LIFETIME OF SERVICE


A Celebration of Life
Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary
11 a.m.

Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Internment
South-View Cemetery

People can post video, photos, songs, or any kind of virtual tribute to Rep. Lewis using #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity or leave a written tribute at www.theJohnLewisLegacy.com.

IFPTE press release honoring Congressman John Robert Lewis

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