AFSC mourns the passing of Lewis Hoskins, AFSC National Executive Secretary from 1950 to 1959. Under his leadership, the Rights of Conscience program at AFSC was established. It provided much-needed moral leadership when our country was swept up in a rising tide of anti-communist scare tactics highlighted by McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee investigations.
At that time, AFSC and Lewis spoke out against repressive legislation from this period, and worked to support individuals and groups accused of being "subversive," including the NAACP and those in the growing Civil Rights movement.
Lewis was 94 when he passed away in January of this year and is survived by his wife Lois, and their children.
AFSC's work today is still shaped by the courageous leadership and service of Lewis Hoskins.