Representative John R. Lewis was a civil rights icon, and a leader in this country’s historic and continuing struggle for freedom, equality, democracy, and basic human rights for all. He was an organizer whose bravery and conviction helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He later served 30-plus years in the House of Representatives, where he became known as the “conscience of Congress” for his commitment to justice and equity. The naming of College Ten as John R. Lewis College is an honor that we embrace with both delight and the weight of responsibility to help carry Lewis’s calling for justice forward into the future.



UC Santa Cruz advances commitment to social justice with College 10 naming in honor of John R. Lewis

The University of California at Santa Cruz announced today that College Ten—an undergraduate residential learning community founded on principles of social justice and community—will be named in honor of the late congressman and civil rights icon John R. Lewis. 


‘John Lewis’s legacy will imbue all we do’

Once considered a ‘scrappy upstart,’ College Ten—to be named John R. Lewis College following an endowment gift—plans to continue and expand upon the strong programs that led to the naming after the late congressman and civil rights icon


A new era for College Ten begins as it transitions to John R. Lewis College

Campus commits to beginning the hard work to live up to the 'extraordinary honor and responsibility' of being named for the late congressman and civil rights icon


The struggle to protect voting rights must go on. Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement can help

Faculty member shares opinion on recent U.S. Senate voting rights legislation decision and reflects on historical perspective


Opinion: Remembering John Lewis’ noble cause of ‘good trouble’

Throughout his life of activism, Congressman Lewis was beaten, bloodied, spat upon, insulted, condemned and, often, misunderstood for his contributions to American ideals.