Legacy of Congressman John Lewis lives on, say local activists, NAACP chair

Local groups work to protect hard-fought voting rights

The legacy of Congressman John Lewis, the last of the civil rights icons, will live on across the country, including right here in San Antonio as local groups work to fight for voting rights.

“We’re beginning to see the need to fight those battles again and that’s most regrettable,” said Dr. Gregory Hudspeth, the chair of the local NAACP chapter.

The same type of battles that Hudspeth said he remembers his father took on in the 1950's and 1960's.

Except now, he said, the NAACP is fighting voter suppression and the dismantling of the 1965 Voting Rights Act championed by Lewis and his mentor, Martin Luther King Jr.

Pharaoh Clark, an activist with Reliable Revolutionaries, a civil rights organization, said, “Now is the time for the torch to be passed off.”

Clark and some of the group's founding members were in the nation's capital for a march demanding a Congressional investigation into the murder of Vanessa Guillen, an Army specialist at Fort Hood. 

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They took to the streets on the morning of John Lewis’s funeral.

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