John Lewis was an extraordinary and dedicated gift to humankind and its progress. In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington famously said "I have a dream today." Martin also said in 1966 "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
John Lewis walked with and after Martin Luther King. He was the last living speaker on the program of that 1963 March on Washington. He went on to become a towering leader in the Civil Rights movement and in Congress, who battled injustice in health and all policies and practices wherever inequities existed.
Many medical and scientific organizations have come together to support increased diversity, serve the underrepresented, and end disparities in healthcare and all areas of society. These include the fields of sports medicine and science, healthy living, education, physical/mental health, recreation, and youth sports.
A Consensus Statement and Action Plan from these organizations were developed and released on 28 August 2020, the 57th Anniversary of that original March on Washington and “I Have A Dream.” It was "Dedicated to the Memory, Life, and Legacy of Congressman John Lewis and all such leaders throughout time."
On behalf of the thousands of professionals involved, we honor the life's work of John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr, and so many others. We will strive to achieve the dream that still lives. God blessed us with John Lewis and his "good trouble" continues.