The voices we will miss: John Lewis

Clarice Bajkowski
2 min readDec 31, 2020


American civil rights leader and politician.

U.S. Representative John Lewis

John Lewis (1940–2020), one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement, was the longest-serving U.S. Representative from Georgia.

He led what we can truly call a ‘great American life.’ He was a champion in the ongoing struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. His life’s work was dedicated to non-violent activism and advocacy in the struggle for equal justice in America.

Here are some notable facts about Mr. Lewis:

01 / During what was supposed to be a peaceful March across the Edmund Pettis bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Lewis was severely beaten. His injuries, which included a fractured skull, would be some that stay with him his whole life.

02 / He was the only civil rights leader to go on to a career in national politics. He served as Senior Deputy Whip and on the Ways and Means Committee. He was successful in sponsoring a bill establishing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

03 / He was the first member of Congress to write a graphic novel. The novel series called ‘March’, tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement through his own experiences. Lewis’ graphic novel was the first to win a National Book Award.

Lewis’s impact and contributions to our society are too vast to count. But, he will be forever remembered for giving a voice to the voiceless. His actions remind all of us how the most nonviolent tool is our right to vote. John Lewis is a legend and an American icon.



Clarice Bajkowski

Design leader with a passion for human-centered, inclusive storytelling that elevates underrepresented and underserved communities.