UPDATE: The campaign rally with Rep. John Lewis and Andy Levin will take place Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Plumbers Union Local 98, 555 Horace Brown Dr., located east of I-75 and south of 13 Mile Road, in Madison Heights.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will campaign for fellow Democrat and congressional candidate Andy Levin on July 28 as Levin hopes to succeed his father, Rep. Sandy Levin, in the U.S. House.
Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement, is a close Capitol Hill ally of Sandy Levin, who is retiring at after 36 years in Congress. Lewis will be campaigning in Levin’s 9th Congressional District, which includes portions of Macomb and Oakland counties. No date or location for the Saturday event has been released.
Lewis was one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement, an architect of the 1963 March on Washington, and a key participant in numerous 1960s marches and protests, which led to his more than 40 arrests and multiple beatings, most famously on “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Ala. He was elected to the U.S. House in 1986 and now serves as key member of the Democratic leadership team.
Polls show Andy Levin, of Bloomfield Township, with a healthy lead over his major Democratic opponent, former state Rep. Ellen Lipton of Huntington Woods, though Lipton is waging a well-funded campaign as the Aug. 7 Michigan primary approaches.
On the campaign trail, Levin, 57, has described himself as a “hell raiser” in his younger days, with a history of protesting against human rights abuses and for social justice, in the U.S. and across the globe.
In a statement, Lewis said:
Andy has been a freedom fighter since his college days, when he helped fight against the South African apartheid regime and organized his school to join a boycott of a cap and gown manufacturer whose workers were on strike.
When Andy devoted himself to helping nursing home workers organize for a better life, he was carrying on the work of those who fought for economic justice for all people during the civil rights era of the 1960s.