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The members of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc, Gamma Delta Sigma Chapter honored the legacy of the late Congressman John R. Lewis through an awards luncheon, "The Getting in Good Trouble Awards” on Friday, February 18th, 2022 at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

Congressman James E. Clyburn served as the keynote speaker for this historic luncheon event. Congressman James E. Clyburn, Representative of South Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District and the majority whip, spoke of his relationship with John R. Lewis and their endeavors together in the civil rights movement. Clyburn recalled that he and John Lewis first met in 1960 at the organizational meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as 20-year-old college students determined to see a more perfect Union. Congressman Clyburn spoke of John Lewis' commitment to and embodiment of nonviolence, a concept that many others had considered to be no more than a tactic.

“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and redeem the soul of America.” John Lewis made this statement on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 1, 2020 commemorating the tragic events of Bloody Sunday. Brother Lewis was a trailblazer who led by example and this year's award recipients embody the same spirit, passion, and courage to stand up for what is right and to “get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

The Central Floridians awarded for their good trouble were:

  • Youth Development – Mr. Harris Rosen
  • Social Action – Mr. Desmond Meade
  • Black Business Development – Tanisha Nunn Gary
  • Education – Dr. Katherine Gordon


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