BUFFALO, N.Y. — As the first anniversary of Congressman John Lewis’ death approaches, his legacy is not forgotten.
A new mural of Lewis was unveiled at the Matt Urban Hope Center Friday.
The ceremony also celebrated Leon Smith of Buffalo, a freedom fighter who marched with Lewis at the civil rights demonstration in Selma.
The mural, featuring Lewis’ famous phrase ‘Good Trouble,’ was completed earlier this month by Edreys Wajed. It was inspired by the late congressman’s impact on America.
Buffalo Common Councilmember Mitch Nowakowski says Lewis fought for everybody’s rights, spanning from civil rights to LGBTQ rights.
“Where there was injustice, there was John Lewis,” he said. “And I really want this mural to be a signal to the east side and to the city of Buffalo that each and every one of us has a duty to live up to our God given potential, and a duty within ourselves, and to ourselves, and a duty to our neighbors.”
Nowakowski says the unveiling is also about investing in the neighborhood and its people.