"At some of the most tragic and difficult moments in this nation's history, Ted Kennedy gathered his strength and led us toward a more hopeful future." — Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), statement on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy, August 26, 2009
Rep. John Lewis, D-GA. (Official photo)
Civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), remembered his friend Sen. Edward Kennedy, Wednesday, as "a champion for equal justice for every American, but especially for those who have been left out and left behind.
"I have known Ted Kennedy for more than 47 years," Lewis said, in a written statement. "In that time, it has been my greatest pleasure to work with him in the Congress to try to tackle many human problems, but I am especially gratified by his contributions to the cause of civil rights and voting rights."
But, Rep. Lewis said, Kennedy was more than just a historical figure. "More than history can convey," he said, "Senator Edward Kennedy held an enduring place in all of our hearts. He was one of the warmest, most considerate, and understanding individuals you might ever meet. He was a wonderful, devoted friend—so caring, so sharing, so giving. I loved him like a brother."