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Rep. John Lewis on the Passing of Ambassador Anne Cox Chambers

January 31, 2020
Press Release

“With the passing of Ambassador Anne Cox Chambers, we lost a champion and leader, who worked tirelessly to make Atlanta and the State of Georgia better. 

“Ambassador Chambers was one of kind.  She was a visionary and a business leader with a deep passion for philanthropy and education.  In particular, we shared a love of the arts – where so many find solace, hope, and inspiration.  She understood that art transcends borders, ideology, and language; it can influence a community and ensure we never repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. 

“A few years ago, Ambassador Chambers purchased all the original paintings from a children’s book illustrated by the celebrated Georgian African-American artist, Benny Andrews, and donated these pieces of art to the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.  This momentous act still warms my heart to this day.

“I will deeply miss my thoughtful, gracious, and witty friend, who did so much for the City of Atlanta and our region.  Today, my thoughts and prayers are with her beloved family and all who knew and loved this great and kind lady, who impacted the lives of so many in our community and around the world.”