The Day Congressman John Lewis Came to Rochester’s Memorial AME Zion

pictured: Louise Slaughter, Rev. Kenneth Q. James Memorial AME Zion Church, Rep. John Lewis

“Congressman John Lewis’ cousin Joel Carter is a member of our church, Memorial AME Zion,  and invited him to attend services while he was in town campaigning for Lousie slaughter in 2016,” writes Rashad Smith 

“When I heard the news on Friday that John Lewis died I became quite emotional,” he continued. “  I remember that day in 2016 when he came to Rochester to support Louise Slaughter.  The campaign event was at Memorial AME Zion Church. I served as Preachers Steward to Dr. Kenneth Q. James who was pastor at Memorial until 2017. And also a father-like figure to me personally.  He recently passed from complications from COVID-19. 

“I’m sharing this photo and the opportunity to support any journalists interested in taking a different approach when recognizing John Lewis from a Rochester perspective. This would also help so many in our community who followed Dr. James’s leadership during his time in Rochester but didn’t have the opportunity to pay their respects due to COVID-19 regulations.