INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after the passing of Congressman John Lewis and the Reverend C.T. Vivian.
“We have lost a part of the soul our country in the passing of John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. Lewis and Vivian exhibited a moral clarity that could cut through the hatefulness that enshrouded our country and illuminate the righteous path.
“Their words will echo through history, but it is in their courageous action that has cemented lasting change. Words alone did not carry John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge or seat C.T. Vivian at lunch counters in Peoria. Each man exhibited an unrelenting predisposition toward action. Each man refused to accept a bitterly flawed America as inevitable. Each man looked bigotry and cruelty and hatred in the eye, but refused to return it.
“We too must act. We too must pick up the oars, point this boat toward justice and row. As Congressman Lewis and the Reverend Vivian showed us in the towering achievements made by their hands, lasting progress toward justice is gained only through action.”