In his honor, the jersey named after Lewis will be placed on a seat at the line 50 yards.
“It is a great thing in terms of risk and influence that Congressman Lewis had influence not only on Georgia, but on the nation as a whole,” Henry said.
Lewis died at the age of 80 on July 17 after battling pancreatic cancer. Soon after the player introduction, the Falcons will follow a moment of silence for Lewis and a fellow social justice champion, the late Rev. CT CT Vivian.
In 1975, Lewis’s skull was ripped off by Alabama state troops, as he marched for black voting rights in a historic event known as Bloody Sunday. Falcons captain and safety Ricardo Allen visited Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama with Lewis two years ago.
“Everything is going on in the world right now, we thought it would be best to start it with someone as John Lewis,” said Allen, one of the team’s social justice committee leaders. For one of our biggest things, with whom we want to be associated, as a team is one of our main themes that we are always killing: the voting rights and the Voting Act.
“We know that John Lewis is a big part and a big reason [Voting Rights Act] Today is part of the world. So that to be able to tie in with our team, and to be able to do with a great guy like John Lewis – someone I’ve been blessed to go down and walk with Selma myself – you know That I was all for it with him. ”
After Lewis died, Falcons owner Arthur Blanc made the following statement:
“At the time of the demise of a true American icon, I join my family, the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and our country in mourning for my dear friend Congressman John Lewis. Freedom fighters are words that were rightly associated with John . His life. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for decades of service as a Congressman representing our city and as one of the 13 original Freedom Riders during the most turbulent years of the civil rights movement For his work. John accepted the stains. A brutal beating in 1965, which he received while leading a history-changing ‘Bloody Sunday’ march in Selma – in honor of those who knew him, it was always a reminder Was that freedom is not free. John risked his life to legally end caste segregation. And make America a better place for us and for generations to come. That’s the legacy of one of the most courageous people Is what I ever found. It’s such a meaningful, purposeful After life one can live well and in peace. ‘
The Falcons have been integrated into their stance against racial injustice, and 38 players will wear victims’ names or phrases on their helmets as part of a social justice initiative supported by the NFL. Allen, who would wear a “stop hat” on his helmet, said the team was still discussing whether the Falcons would make a statement with any kind of performance before Sunday’s game.