GA. Congressman John Lewis, who died recently,was a human rights advocate throughout his life. I’m grateful to him as the only Congressional Black Caucus member who agreed to meet with afro-Cuban human rights activist Jorge Luis García Pérez, popularly known as Antúnez, who visited the US after spending 17 years as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. Other caucus members refused out of loyalty to Fidel, whom many of them had visited when he was alive.
In gratitude to Lewis for agreeing to that meeting, I mailed him a copy of my Confessions book, where Antúnez is featured. Lewis then sent me a handwritten thank-you note for the book, which he promised to read.
Barbara E. Joe, human rights activist, writer, Spanish interpreter/translator,Washington, DC