Grant Woods hailed as an authentic Arizona voice at memorial service

By Mary Jo Pitzl | Arizona Republic

Grant Woods was remembered Friday as an authentic Arizonan, whose passions ran from sports to civil rights, music to impish pranks.

The former attorney general was “a white John Lewis,” the Rev. Warren Stewart Sr. said as he opened a two-hour service attended by judges, attorneys, former governors and friends accumulated across his colorful lifetime.

“Grant Woods was a white John Lewis, yes, a white John Lewis,” said Stewart, who chaired the 1990 campaign that established a state Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, a cause Woods championed.

Stewart recalled the former Georgia congressman’s admonition that if someone sees wrongdoing, they need to speak up, to do something, to get into “good trouble.”

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