John Lewis was a friend and mentor.


As I, Jim, said when he died last Friday, John Lewis showed us the way again and again; his truth will keep marching on. I was moved to share a tweet from my son Luke, which said, “I’m honored to have ever been in the room with this man. Let’s fill these empty statue pedestals with patriots like #repjohnlewis.” Under his tweet was a picture of John Lewis holding Luke as a baby — he’s the only politician I ever let hold my child.


John Lewis was a longtime supporter and friend of Sojourners, speaking at our conferences, joining gatherings of advocates on the Hill, and meeting us for conversations about faith and politics. His faith infused his whole life — as an activist in the streets and as a congressman for 17 terms. He always fought for justice because of his faith.