Community members honor civil rights leader John Lewis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Honoring the life of civil rights leader John Lewis was the mission Saturday night as a group of community leaders gathered at the I Am A Man Plaza for a candlelight vigil.

The vigil honored Lewis on the one-year anniversary of his death.

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Kermit Moore is the president of the A Phillip Randolph Institute.

“John Lewis was a champion for civil rights and voting rights and it’s time for us to take up the torch and to make sure that voting rights and our democracy is a democracy,” Moore said.

During the vigil, they passed out posters that read, “pass the for the people act” which calls for expanding voting rights.

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Moore said the goal of the vigil was for people to be aware that the fight for voting rights isn’t over.

“The message that we want to get across tonight is people need to call their senators and demand that the voting rights advancement act is passed,” Moore said.

Moore was referring to the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act which aims to prevent racial discrimination in voting.

The vigil is one of more than 100 Good Trouble Vigils for Democracy all across the country honoring the late civil rights leader.