WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) led the Georgia Congressional delegation in introducing legislation that would rename the Atlanta Main Post Office at 3900 Crown Road SW to the “John R. Lewis Post Office Building.” Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-01) is co-leading the legislation. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is introducing companion legislation to Congresswoman Williams’ original bill. To rename a United States Postal Service building, the entire Congressional delegation and both U.S. Senators representing the state where the building is located must introduce legislation that passes in both chambers before being signed into law by the President.
“Congressman Lewis was my friend, mentor and predecessor and every day in Congress I am building on his legacy” said Congresswoman Williams. “The sacrifices Congressman Lewis made paved the way for me to serve Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. Renaming the Fifth Congressional District’s main United States Post Office facility after Congressman Lewis ensures that he will continue to serve the people in perpetuity. I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for recognizing the importance of Congressman Lewis’ legacy and cosponsoring my legislation.”
“From his early days fighting segregation in Nashville to the Freedom Rides to his service in the halls of Congress, John Lewis dedicated his life to a more perfect union,” said Congressman Carter. “I am proud to work with Congresswoman Williams and the entire Georgia Congressional Delegation to honor his service and sacrifice. I cherish the talks we had walking to and from votes and will never forget John’s unyielding optimism and faith in the American Dream.”
“I was John Lewis’s pastor, but he was my mentor,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “John Lewis was a giant in the face of adversity and injustice, putting his life on the line for our freedoms and committing his life to protecting the right to vote. It is a privilege to join my colleagues in the House and Senate to honor him. In remembrance of his legacy, I will continue working to ensure all Georgians, and Americans, have an equal voice in our democracy and society.”
“The John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation, Inc is pleased and very proud to support the legislation to name the Atlanta Main Post Office in honor of Congressman John Lewis,” said Linda Earley Chastang, Interim President, the John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation. “What an honor! And how excited and appreciative Congressman Lewis would be to be recognized in this way for his support of the U.S. Postal Service, its half million workers around the country and in particular, its Atlanta Main Post Office employees! Congressman Lewis often visited the facility at 3900 Crown Road SW to greet and thank the dedicated employees of the Postal Service for their work and service. He knew that the work was not always easy and that it could sometimes be quite challenging. He also knew that the Postal Service is a vital part of our nation’s business and social infrastructure and that the work of the men and women of the Postal Service is vitally important.”
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