July 20, 2020
On behalf of Men’s Health Network’s staff, volunteers and advisors we join all Americans in mourning the loss of Georgia’s Congressmen and “The Conscience of the U.S. Congress”, John Lewis who died from pancreatic cancer at age 80 on July 17, 2020 after a long, storied and exemplary record of service to our country as a tireless fighter, advocate and spokesperson for equal rights for Americans.
Men’s Health Network worked with Congressman Lewis on several projects, including the passage of National Men’s Health Week in 1994 and community events in his Congressional district.
In a statement issued today, Jean Bonhomme, MD, MPH, President of the National Black Men’s Health Network said, “John Lewis was a man of extraordinary courage who met even armed violence with nonviolence and racial hatred with love. Perhaps a fitting legacy to his loss from illness might be a renewed interest in addressing the health issues facing men and boys.”
“Fondly remembering Representative John Lewis, a never wavering activist and statesman whose legacy will live on. His temperament and steadfastness will continue to encourage this and the next generation to pursue true equality for people of color,” said Judy Seals-Togbo, MSW, Men’s Health Network Tri-State area: Arkansas, Mississippi & Tennessee.
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