The International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) Foundation joins the nation and world in mourning the passing of a Civil Rights Icon, the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

In a long life of activism, Congressman Lewis never shied away from speaking out. Speaking of his childhood, he once said: “As I was growing up in rural Alabama, I saw all around me the system of segregation and racial discrimination. The visible signs in the little town of Troy with a population of about 7,000, we saw the sign that said, ‘colored only.’ ‘White only.’ ‘Colored waiting.’ 

In a little 5&10 store was a water fountain, a clean fountain for white people to come and drink water, but in another corner of the store, there was a little spigot, a rusty spigot, that said, ‘colored drinking.’ And I became resentful of the sign and all the visible evidence of segregation and racial discrimination.”

Congressman Lewis dedicated his life to getting into the “good trouble” of demanding economic, political and racial equality for all. The IUGB Foundation thanks him for a well lived life of public service and activism. The nation and the world are a better place because he once lived, walked and marched amongst us.