MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Civil rights legend and former U.S. Representative John Lewis passed away Friday at age 80. On Tuesday, News 2’s Carolyn Murray moderated a special virtual roundtable to reflect on Lewis’ life and legacy and to discuss the effect he had on the Lowcountry and across America.
Lewis was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists who organized the 1963 March on Washington, and spoke shortly before the group’s leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.
News 2 and Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy co-hosted the conversation along with local community leaders to remember and honor the Congressman who pushed for equality and fairness throughout his life.
U.S. Congressman Joe Cunningham, State Rep. JA More, Rep. David Mack, Charleston NAACP President Dot Scott, former Lewis aide Sam Skardon, Rev. Cecelia Armstrong, and Rev. Kylon Middleton from Mt. Zion AME Church were among the panel.
U.S. Senator Tim Scott was unable to join Tuesday night’s roundtable but provided us with a video message reflecting on his friendship with John Lewis and looked back at his life of service.