Rep. John Lewis Tells Youth to ‘Let Freedom Ring’ in Posthumous Column

Shortly before civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis died, he wrote an opinion piece that encouraged youth to “let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”

The piece was published in The New York Times on Thursday, the same day as the lawmaker’s funeral. Lewis died on July 17.

He wrote that the current generation “filled [him] with hope about the next chapter of the great American story” as protests calling for racial justice swept the nation during the last few weeks of his life.