Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTON D.C. - MARCH 17: Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) is photographed in his offices in the Canon House office building on March 17, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The former Big Six leader of the civil rights movement was the architect and keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in 1963. (Photo by Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TENN. (WSMV) - Fisk University will name its newly-launched social justice institute after U.S. Representative John Lewis. 

Lewis was a pivotal civil rights leader and Fisk alumnus and led the sit-in movement here in Nashville. The congressman died on July 17. 

The university announced Monday that the John R. Lewis Institute for Social Justice would offer a master’s program in social justice, several certificate programs, and various undergraduate projects, research and forums.

"Congressman John R. Lewis embodied the very best of humanity," said Fisk President Kevin D. Rome. "His kindness, perseverance and unwavering commitment to fighting for those in need set an example for all the young people who are looking to create a better world.” 

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.