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Rep. John Lewis Comments on the Death of Singer Lou Rawls

February 6, 2006
Press Release

  January 6, 2006 - Rhythm and Blues singer Lou Rawls died today in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer at the age of 72. The following are Rep. Lewis's remarks on the passing of this great artist.

"Lou Rawls was one of a kind, a man with a velvet voice. His singing not only inspired us, it lifted our spirits. But he was more than a musician, more than a performer. Lou Rawls was a humanitarian, and he should be remembered, not only for his musical gift, but for lending his talent to raise millions upon millions of dollars for the United Negro College Fund. His inspired voice and his committed generosity changed the lives of people young and old all over America and around the globe. He will be missed."