In 2014, APA President Dr. Nadine Kaslow, presented Rep. John Lewis with a presidential citation honoring the congressman as a truly effective champion of the application of psychology to promote human rights, health, well-being and dignity.
He epitomized the American Psychological Association’s values to strive for social justice, diversity and inclusion, from his early days as a heroic young Freedom Rider, and fighting a long, hard struggle to end racial discrimination and segregation throughout our nation.
Little Known Facts:
Lewis fought to improve the child welfare system, eliminate pay disparities for women, further LGBT rights, and aid disadvantaged families, among many other accomplishments. He supported biomedical and behavioral research at the National Institutes of Health, which helped to advance research to enhance health and well-being by including attention to behavioral factors, such as unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, that play a significant role in cancer, heart disease, and many other serious disorders, especially in people of color. Truly a hero in every way. ￼