CBCF President & CEO Calls on the Nation to Pray for Civil Rights Icon, Congressman John R. Lewis

December 31, 2019                                                                                          

CJ Epps

WASHINGTON — CBCF President & CEO David A. Hinson issued the following statement regarding Rep. Lewis’ diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer:

“The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. family is saddened to learn of Congressman Lewis’ cancer diagnosis, a disease that affects tens of thousands of Americans each year.

“We are continuously inspired by the strength of this long-serving member of Congress, civil rights icon and CBCF supporter. As Rep. Lewis has fought for his constituents and this country for most of his life, we must support and fight for him as he is engaged in this new battle — pancreatic cancer.

“As we enter a new decade and wish our family and friends a Happy New Year, I ask that you pray for Congressman Lewis’ health and well-being. I believe he has a ‘fighting chance’ with this illness but he needs our encouragement, our support, our light, and our fervent prayers.

“Please join the CBCF family in praying for his strength and successful treatments, a sound mind, and an able body to continue the purposeful work he has tirelessly done over the last 60 years.”

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit


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