John Lewis Bio, Wiki
John Lewis is best known for being the husband of Karen Lewis, an American educator and labor leader who served as president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Chicago’s division of the American Federation of Teachers. For nearly 20 years before becoming president of the teachers union, she was a chemistry teacher at King College Prep High School and Lane Technical High School.
Karen Lewis Death & Cause
On October 9, 2014, Lewis was hospitalized for a “serious illness”. On October 13, a source confirmed that Lewis had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. She passed away Sunday, Feb 7th, 2021 aged 67 following a years-long battle with brain cancer, a spokesperson confirmed Monday.
“Long live the memory of Karen Lewis, who joined the ancestors last night,” spokesperson Stephanie Gadlin wrote on Facebook. “She was a champion of the people. What a beautiful, funny and strong woman this was. I was honored to be her voice and back up during her tenure as president of the Chicago Teachers Union. She made it what it is today. I am so saddened right now, and I send love and light to her husband, stepchildren, grandchildren, and loved ones.”
In a statement, the teachers union said it was in “deep mourning.”
“Karen taught us how to fight, and she taught us how to love. She was a direct descendant of the legendary Jackie Vaughn, the first Black, female president of our local,” the statement read. “Both were fierce advocates for educators and children, but where Jackie was stately elegance, Karen was a brawler with sharp wit and an Ivy League education. She spoke three languages, loved her opera and her show tunes, and dazzled you with her smile, yet could stare down the most powerful enemies of public education and defend our institution with a force rarely seen in organized labor. She bowed to no one, and gave strength to tens of thousands of Chicago Teachers Union educators who followed her lead, and who live by her principles to this day.”
The union said Lewis will be “dearly missed.”
“Karen did not just lead our movement. Karen was our movement,” the statement read. “In 2013, she said that in order to change public education in Chicago, we had to change Chicago, and change the political landscape of our city. Chicago has changed because of her. We have more fighters for justice and equity because of Karen, and because she was a champion — the people’s champion.”