Rep. John Lewis honored on the homepage

in General Discussion edited July 2020
Apple has updated the front page of its website to honor Rep. John Lewis, a congressman and notable civil rights pioneer who passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer.

As part of an outpouring of support over the weekend by political leaders and civil rights campaigners, Apple's website has been refreshed to offer a tribute to Lewis. Updated on Sunday morning, the website features a large photograph of Lewis, along with a quote: "Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."

The website tribute is echoed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who posted to Twitter about the loss of "an American hero." Referencing Lewis' work marching "for us all," Cook suggests "His life's work shaped our history and his legacy inspires us to continue the march for racial equality and justice."

We have lost an American hero. John Lewis guided us toward a more righteous world. He marched in Selma, he marched on Washington-- he marched for us all. His life's work shaped our history and his legacy inspires us to continue the march for racial equity and justice.

-- Tim Cook (@tim_cook)

Rep. Lewis is best known as a civil rights movement pioneer, one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders alongside Martin Luther King Jr. One of the organizers behind the 1963 March on Washington, he spoke at the same rally as Dr King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech, and after helping found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he became its chairman from 1963 until 1966.

Organizing the march across the Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965, which led to the event known as "Bloody Sunday," Lewis and others were beaten by state troopers, with the news images of the attacks credited with helping pass forward the 1965 Voting Rights Act. He was also asked by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 to lead the ACTION federal volunteer agency.

He was elected to congress in 1986, serving from January 1987 onwards as a representative for Georgia's 5th district. President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Lewis passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer, which he revealed was at stage 4 in December.


  • Reply 1 of 10
    OferOfer Posts: 101unconfirmed, member
    He was an incredible man who left a great legacy. He will be missed
  • Reply 2 of 10
    FranculesFrancules Posts: 122member
    I’ve been in enough Necessary trouble lol now it’s time to stay out of trouble. Haha
  • Reply 3 of 10
    John Lewis was an absolute legend. A real American hero. 
  • Reply 4 of 10
    What an awesome quote!
  • Reply 5 of 10
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,531member
    That quote. Love it as I have gotten into trouble fighting for equality.
  • Reply 6 of 10
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,391member
    An inspiring man who had a vision of equality for the different skin tones and genders. This is a concept that has truly stood the test of time, and his last act of death is a call to carry on the dreams of him, MLK, and all who fight against injustice and hate.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 1,196member
    "When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something." - John Lewis

  • Reply 8 of 10
    AppleishAppleish Posts: 370member
    The flags at the White House were at half-mast for 3/5ths of a day. Guess they were trying to make a point.
  • Reply 9 of 10
    His wonderful legacy of non-violent protest hopefully won't be tarnished by his later years as he descended into conspiracies and full-on cultural marxist nonsense. Many people could learn from what he did on the ground in Alabama.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    ronnronn Posts: 448member
    Friday was an extremely sad day with the passing of two Civil/Human Rights advocates: Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian & Rep. John Lewis. The equally great Civil/Human Rights Icon Bayard Rustin (chief organizer & strategist of the 1963 March on Washington) once said,

    "We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.”

    These two men exemplified that very spirit until their last days. And America, indeed the world is better for having them work so tirelessly for equality and dignity for all.
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