In 1961, John Lewis was one of the Freedom Riders who came to Mississippi to demonstrate for civil rights. He was put in Parchman Prison for 37 days. He returned to the state many times.
In 2011 when I was Governor, I had the honor of inviting more than 100 of the original Freedom Riders to the Governor’s Mansion, with my co-host Rep. Bennie Thompson.
John Lewis was a gentleman in every respect, courteous and cordial. He personified the struggle for justice and equal rights. We can all learn from his example.