In addition to all he did for civil and human rights, John Lewis was always a friend of those in in-town neighborhoods. During the “Road Fight”, Former president Jimmy Carter called Hon. Rep. Lewis many times, attempting to pressure him into supporting Carter, Andrew Young, City Council, and the DOT in promoting rather than opposing the “Presidential Parkway.” Carter and Lewis were old friends, so it was hard on Lewis, but he said he could not support the parkway—he had to support his constituents who were against the expressway. Lewis went on to support our neighborhoods in every way he could. I wonder sometimes if Lewis had said “yes” and joined Carter’s support for the road? I think we would have lost the road fight without Lewis’ help. That explains the power behind Lewis constant integrity and honorable service. John Lewis was my hero.
Requesat in pacem, John.