Burt pays tribute to Lewis and Vivian

  • John Lewis, the former Georgia congressman who died last Friday, with former Bermuda premier Ewart Brown in 2007 (File photograph)

    John Lewis, the former Georgia congressman who died last Friday, with former Bermuda premier Ewart Brown in 2007 (File photograph)


The Premier has said that the legacies of two American civil rights pioneers were “secured” as he marked their deaths.

David Burt paid tribute to John Lewis, a Georgia congressman, and the Reverend C.T. Vivian, who was a Baptist minister and field general for Martin Luther King, the leader of the US civil rights movement.

They both died last Friday.

The Premier said: “John Lewis is rightly remembered as a constant voice for change and justice.

“Bermuda joins the world in celebrating the life and legacy of this tireless freedom fighter.

“As a congressman, John Lewis made time to meet with visiting Bermuda delegations and could be counted on to support us through the strong relationship we enjoy with the Congressional Black Caucus.

“This weekend also marked the passing of the Reverend C.T. Vivian, another civil rights pioneer who died in Atlanta aged 95. Like John Lewis, Reverend Vivian was a leader in the fight for equality and justice and spent a lifetime on the frontline of these causes.”

Mr Burt added: “As these two men pass on, the world, more than ever, cannot ignore the principles that formed their lives’ work.”

“The enduring nature of their call for justice and equality makes their legacies secure,” Mr Burt explained.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda, I express my sincere condolences to their families and to the people with whom and for whom they served.”

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Published Jul 21, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 21, 2020 at 8:03 am)

Burt pays tribute to Lewis and Vivian

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