MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Academy of Honor, a prestigious society organization, inducted its 8 most recent members Monday.
Among the distinguished Alabamians was Governor Robert Bentley, University of Alabama's President Robert Witt, Georgia congressman John Lewis, Books-A-Million co-founder Charles Anderson, businessman Mike Jenkins, and Leadership Alabama's executive director Barbara Lawson.
The legislature established the Academy of Honor more than 40 years ago and the group could never exceed 100 living members. All Governors are automatically inducted into the academy.
Congressman Lewis gave the address on behalf of the honorees and he offered a pointed message saying, "We need to embrace all of the citizens, all of the people that come to this state. We all come from some other part. We are only immigrants except for native Americans."
As a native of Pike County, Lewis, has served in congress for 25 years and said he wanted to make it a point to discuss immigration in his speech given his home state's political climate.