John Lewis, legendary Civil Rights leader, in Chicagoland as the special guest of Rep. Robin Kelly


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Legendary Civil Rights leader, Congressman John Lewis will be in town supporting his colleague, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL2). They joined forces last summer in an unprecedented “sit-in” on the floor of the U.S. House. Credit: John Lewis

The legendary Civil Rights leader and American icon, Congressman John Lewis, will be in the Chicagoland area on Saturday, Oct. 29. More specifically, Congressman Lewis will be visiting the area of Chicago known as the “Southland.” This area covers most of the 2nd Illinois’ Congressional District and is represented by a rising star in the Democratic Party, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly. RSVP for Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s event with special guest Congressman John Lewis, click here. More information can be found on facebook by clicking an ”Afternoon with Congressman John Lewis.”

Congressman John Lewis will be spending an afternoon with Congresswoman Robin Kelly and many friends at the Serbian Social Center, located at 18550 Stony Island Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. The date is October 29, with the VIP reception starting at 2 p.m. For further information about attending and spending an “Afternoon with Congressman John Lewis”, call Liz or Lauren @RSVP@LBHChicago.com or (312) 806-2743.

Congressman John Lewis enjoys a close relationship with Congresswoman Robin Kelly, having participated earlier this past summer in the “sit-in” on the House floor. Congressman Lewis says, “For over 56 years, ever since I first took my seat as a Freedom Rider, I’ve been getting into what I like to call ‘good trouble. Getting into good trouble means standing up to injustice — when you have something to say and decide to get in the way and make a little noise about it.”

That is just what happened as the House Democrats sought to bring higher attention to the issue of gun reform legislation.

Earlier this month, Congressman Lewis joined a group of young people in Atlanta, on the first day Georgians could vote early, on a march that ended at the polls to vote. They marched on the way to the polls, chanting “this is what democracy looks like” — because now more than ever is the time to make our voices heard, he said.

Congressman Lewis says that as Democrats, we want to see “more democracy, not less.” In talking about the presidential campaign, he said, “We’re facing a Republican candidate and party that want to take us back to another place and another time that we cannot afford to return to.”