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Rep. John Lewis Statement on the Passing of Rep. Ronald Dellums

July 30, 2018
Press Release

“I was deeply saddened to learn about the death of Rep. Ron Dellums, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a peaceful warrior in the struggle to realize true democracy in America.  He used his leadership on the House Armed Services Committee to highlight the futility of war and to press for greater investment in the public good.  As a member of Congress, he was an architect of the legislation and the movement for corporate divestment in apartheid South Africa.  As mayor of Oakland, he was an inspiration to his constituents, an eloquent and persuasive advocate who fought to defend the rights of the disenfranchised and oppressed.

“In his passing, we have lost a strong, powerful crusader for justice, equality, and peace, whose cool demeanor and magnetic appeal made him a hero in his day.  Activists of the 21st century and all the new members of Congress who seek progressive change in America would do well to take several pages from Ron Dellums’ book.  His dynamic voice and his strategic capability made him a force to be reckoned with as a committee chairman, as a legislator, and as a leader.  His insistent call for equal justice will be forever 'relevant.'  He will be deeply missed.”