Pioneering Rep. John Lewis honored in Cleveland


United States House of Representative colleagues Marcia Fudge and John Lewis embrace before Lewis accepts the 2017 Louis Stokes Community Visionary Award at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Sept. 15th

United States House of Representative John Lewis (D- Georgia), the last living legacy of the Dr. Martin Luther King civil rights leadership team, was honored by a long time friend and a special colleague when accepting the Louis Stokes Community Visionary Award at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Sept. 15th.

“My brother Otis Moss, when they say they are prepared to give their life to this calling that have put themselves in position to make it very clear that those are not words it’s a way of life, “ explained long time friend Carole F. Hoover, Chief Executive Officer of Hoover-Milstein.

Hoover presented Lewis with a since discontinued statute of Dr. King, a precious and personal gift.

“I want you to have this because it comes with my love and respect, because it comes out of my cabinet. I gave it up for you,” Hoover said to laughter and applause.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, a colleague of Lewis in the House of Representatives and a loyal friend to the Stokes family followed Hoover by presenting the 2017 Louis Stokes Community Visionary Award.

Fudge attended school with two of Louis Stokes children and became the fist African American and woman to serve as mayor of Warrensville Heights before ascending to Washington D.C.

The Congresswoman who has since following in the legendary footsteps of Stephanie Jones Tubbs and Louis Stokes used an article printed by Roll Call magazine to eloquently described Lewis:

“A genuine Americ