In honor of John Lewis, Apple updated the homepage of apple.com with the picture and a powerful quote of the late congressman. Congressman Lewis passed away on July 17 because of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
For civil rights activists in the United States, John Lewis personified courage. He was the leader who did not back down from the demanding equal rights for marginalized black communities in the racist era of 1960s. Apple Inc. is amongst many people from various walks of life have expressed grief at the loss of such a brave soul.
CEO of Apple, Tim Cook paid tribute to the late Rep.John Lewis in a tweet by calling him an “American Hero”. The two shared a close bond, respect for each other’s achievements, and the strong will to fight for racism. At the Cook’s inclusion on Times 100, congressman Lewis wrote:
“It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability—and greater social responsibility.”
We have lost an American hero. John Lewis guided us toward a more righteous world. He marched in Selma, he marched on Washington—he marched for us all. His life's work shaped our history and his legacy inspires us to continue the march for racial equity and justice. pic.twitter.com/WqW11757Io
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 18, 2020
Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did:https://t.co/KbVfYt5CeQ
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 18, 2020
The iPhone manufacturer has proven its commitment to achieving racial equality by openly advocating equal rights, speaking against systematic racism, and using its platform to empower communities of color to excel in education and technology.
In the recent BLM protests, Cook wrote an open letter in solidarity with the protectors and to denounce racism. At the WWDC 2020, Apple announced Racial Equity and Justice Initiative with $100 million commitment, and recently expanded partnership with 10 new HBCU educational hubs.
John Lewis- An American Hero
Born in 1940, the young Lewis diligently fought for the voting rights of black Americans because he rebelled against the racially discriminatory system of the country in the 1960s. Later he was called the “conscience of the Congress” for his non-violent civil rights activism. The Black American community owes its freedom to brave and selfless leaders like Lewis for fighting for their rights.
Apple TV subscribers can watch a documentary of John Lewis’s life and his struggles to be the voice of the marginalized sections of American society.