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Obama Center Plaza to be Named for John Lewis Following $100M Bezos Gift

The Obama Foundation said Monday that Jeff Bezos is giving $100 million—the largest individual contribution to date—in honor of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. As part of the gift, Bezos has asked for the Plaza at the under-construction Obama Presidential Center to be named John Lewis Plaza.  

“Freedom fighters deserve a special place in the pantheon of heroes, and I can’t think of a more fitting person to honor with this gift than John Lewis, a great American leader and a man of extraordinary decency and courage,” said Bezos. “I’m thrilled to support President and Mrs. Obama and their Foundation in its mission to train and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.” 

With Bezos’ gift, the Foundation is seeking to change the paradigm around naming public spaces within the Center. Dedicated public spaces will honor civil rights icons, social justice heroes, and changemakers in public service, business and entertainment. 

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