Obit Lewis

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., fourth from left, foreground, locks arms with his aides, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Foreman, Jesse Douglas Sr. and John Lewis, as he leads a march in Montgomery, Ala. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died July 17 at the age of 80.

This week my home state marks the passing of a hometown legend and national hero. Hero and legend are words that get thrown around a lot, but are the words that most apply to the legacy and the man, Congressman John Lewis.

Many others have said, better than I can, what this man and his works have meant to this country. Many have remarked on his charge to us to get into “good trouble.” I think on that as I reflect on his life. How lucky we were.

— Mariel Blake is a Daily News columnist. She can be reached at