Rep. John Lewis Presents Resolution in Honor of UMW

UMW graduation, Saturday May 7, 2011. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) recently presented a congressional resolution that honors University of Mary Washington President Richard V. Hurley. The resolution congratulates Hurley on his inauguration as UMW’s ninth president and recognizes UMW for its 2011 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Lewis, one of the 13 original Freedom Riders, gave the undergraduate commencement address at UMW in May. In the resolution, Lewis reflects on UMW’s ties to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s: Like any leader, he has encountered many challenges.  But President Hurley understands that what compelled a diverse group of Americans in 1961 to board southward-bound buses for Civil Rights is the same calling that can inspire minds and change hearts today. I saw that for myself this year when he embraced the history of his institution and one of its distinguished faculty, my friend and fellow Freedom Rider, James Farmer. President Hurley led one of the country’s most impressive … [Read more...]