US Navy Names Ship in Honor of John Lewis

Georgia Congressman John Lewis speaks at the Lincoln Memorial August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. (Photo Credit: Joseph Sohm/shutterstock)

Actress Alfre Woodard, who is currently starring alongside Kevin Hart in the Netflix feature film Fatherhood, was also at the event and was named the ship’s sponsor. “May God bless this ship and all who sail in her. We miss him on this platform but we will never be without him. I am honored. I am fortunate. I am eternally grateful to have lived in the time of John Lewis,” she stated during the christening.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee attended the ceremony to commemorate Lewis as well and remembered his contributions. “John was a warrior for peace and justice, and today reminded us that he passed the baton to us in our fight for liberty and justice for all in his honor. I miss him deeply,” she tweeted.

Check out a few pictures from the christening of the USNS John Lewis  at

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