YOU'RE INVITED: Honoring the life of John Lewis (ceremony and essay contest)

Publish Date: 09/16/2020
Provided news release

In honor and in celebration of the late Congressman and Civil Rights activist John Robert Lewis, a group of community citizens has organized to plant a commemorative tree. The tree is a sugar maple tree, which grows to spread its beautiful canopy like an umbrella, exemplifying the wide reach and influence of John Lewis. The public is invited to attend this memorable event.

The ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, outside at the Clarence Faulkner Center, 1221 W. 12th St. Attendees should wear a mask and expect social distancing. Chairs will be provided, but attendees may also bring their own lawn chairs.

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Congressman Lewis was not only a civil rights activist but also a stanch voter rights advocate. In light of this, voter registration forms will be available at the ceremony for citizens to complete in order to be ready to vote in the November presidential election.

In addition to the tree planting dedication ceremony, Grant County-wide students of all levels (elementary, middle school, high school and college) can enter an essay-writing contest focused on some aspect of the life of John Lewis.

>> Click here for essay contest information - deadline is 10/21

The vision to celebrate and honor John Lewis certainly goes beyond the planting of a single tree. If community citizens desire to purchase and plant a tree on personal property, information on how to purchase a tree will be available the day of the ceremony.

Finally, community financial support for the expenses related to the dedication ceremony is gratefully appreciated. Gifts in the form of checks can be made payable to and mailed to the Clarence Faulkner Community Center, attn: Celebrating John Lewis (indicate this on check memo line as well). The address is 1221 W. 12th St., Marion, IN  46953. A donation receipt will be issued by mail upon request.

Any questions can be directed to Mr. Dick Hart, planning committee point person, and his number is 765-603-7012.

On behalf of the group advocating for this celebration event, thank you.

Planning group members: Bobbie Owensby, Diane Buchanan, Art & Rita Faulkner, Dick Hart, Bob Burchell, Cheryl Lynn Speikes, Mary Alice Trent, Jeff Jahn, Robin Fouce, Julius Edwards, Greg Dyson, Torri Williams