Three former presidents honored Congressman John Lewis at his funeral in Atlanta, Georgia, at 11 a.m. Thursday, completing a week of memorial services for the longtime lawmaker and civil rights icon.
Former President Barack Obama will provide eulogy for Lewis, who died earlier this month at the age of 80. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will also speak, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
a, Celebrating Lewis’s legacy on Saturday, before he made his final trip on Sunday to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, on the same bridge where he was beaten by the Troopers Police of the State of Alabama during a march in Montgiri on March 7, 1965 , Which became known as “Bloody Sunday”.
After Lewis’s coffin he traveled to Washington, DC, where he was recalled to a service in the US Capitol and was the first black lawmakerIn the Capitol Rotunda.
Lewis was the youngest person to speak in Washington on March 1963, and was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr. He spoke to CBS News in June about his activism in the 1960s.
“Yes, I was beaten, left bloody and unconscious. But I have never been bitter or hostile. I have never given up. I believe that somehow and if in cashing the soul of a nation If it becomes necessary to use our body to help, then we must do it, ”Lewis said.