Dr. Ruiz statement on the passing of Rep. Lewis

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(Dr. Ruiz statement)

“My heart is broken over the death of my friend John Lewis, a great civil rights warrior who endured ridicule and harsh physical beatings in his faith filled nonviolent fight alongside MLK Jr. against white supremacy, white nationalism, racism and for equality and human dignity. As great of a man he was, he was always humble, gentle, steadfast in his faith and resolve for freedom from oppression. He always asked how my daughters were doing and even visited them during their birthday parties held in my DC office.

He will forever be an example of decency, courage, faith in God, a social justice and civil rights warrior and honor for me, my family, and our nation. The last words I heard him speak recently, even while he was in agony and near death were inspirational words of faith filled encouragement to fight for justice. Monica and I deeply mourn his death with tears and pray that God comforts his family in their moment of grief. He will undoubtedly be greeted in heaven by our Creator with the words “job well done my humble servant”, which is an honor greater than life itself.”

Dr. Raul Ruiz

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