The legacy of Lewis, a civil rights icon who was 1st elected to Congress in 1986, shone more than the vote on Monday.
Lewis helped manage the Liberty Rides, spoke at the 1963 March on Washington and led the 1965 march throughout the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, the place a state trooper fractured his cranium with a billy club. That protest galvanized countrywide support for the Voting Legal rights Act, which candidates for his seat pledged to defend and develop.
Williams, sitting down in front of a framed image of Lewis’ mugshot from an arrest all through the Nashville sit-in protests of the early 1960s, campaigned on Zoom before her fellow users of the party’s executive committee though “still grieving” the loss.
She mentioned her upbringing in rural Alabama, wherever Lewis also grew up, and known as herself “a college student of the John Lewis faculty of politics” who has “practiced the art of finding into ‘good difficulty.'”
Williams, a state senator representing a liberal Atlanta-dependent district, famous that she was arrested and taken out of the condition Capitol “with zip ties on my palms” through a November 2018 protest more than the results of the shut gubernatorial election.
“We need to have someone who is not afraid to put on their own on the line for their constituents in the exact way that Congressman Lewis taught us to,” she extra.
The party’s executive committee overwhelmingly voted for Williams over a number of other candidates, who had been nominated from a pool of more than 130 applicants. The other candidates had been condition Rep. Park Cannon, Atlanta council member Andre Dickens, former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin and Ga NAACP President James “Big” Woodall. The Democratic nominee in the deep blue district is likely to gain the race.
“No person could potentially fill the shoes of Congressman Lewis,” Williams claimed. “His leadership and fighting spirit is desired now more than at any time in this nation. I think it is essential that we select another person with a long monitor history of fearlessly standing up for what is ideal and a person who will choose on the endless assaults on our legal rights that we have developed accustomed to seeing from the Republican Celebration.”