John Lewis, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement and a longtime member of the United States House of Representatives, died on Friday.
Congressman Lewis from Atlantis announced in December that he had pancreatic cancer, which was 80.
Former President Barack Obama said in a statement, “He loved this country so much that he put his life and his blood at risk.
“And through the decades, he not only pushed himself to be the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations who tried to live up to his example.”
Former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement, “We have lost a giant. John Lewis has promised America equality to all and justice to all, and to us Given to create space. To create a more ideal union together. “
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that Lewis was “the title of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our country”.
Pelosi said in a statement, “In Congress, John Lewis was dear and dear to both sides of the Isle and the Capitol. We were all humbled to call Congressman Lewis an ally, and heartbroken by his demise.”
Rest in Hailey Peace Mr. John Lewis. Thank you for your service, for changing your appreciation and for your courage. You did very well with your time on this earth. “Goodnight Sweet Prince. Angels Of My Flights Tera Baqi”. And … put some blessings on us here ings pic.twitter.com/9ZBSnLYmMa
– Viola Davis (@violadavis) July 18, 2020
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Lewis was a dependent of Martin Luther King Jr., whom he met after writing when Lewis was just 18 years old. He was the last living speaker in Washington in March 1963, when he was standing with King, when he composed “I Have a Dream Dream.” speech.
Two years later, Lewis is nearly killed while marching hundreds across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama taking out a peace march in Montgomery when state troops try to intimidate those who demonstrate voting rights for black Americans , Attacked the protesters.
Lewis found a fragmented skull that day, known as “Bloody Sunday”.
Fifty years later, in 2015, he walked arm-in-arm with President Obama, the country’s first black, to mark the anniversary of the Montgomery March from Selma.
Lewis first entered Congress in 1986 and quickly became a figure of moral authority, with Pelosi labeling him a “Congress conscience”.
Lewis continued the fight for civil rights and human rights until the end of his life, calling on others to create documentary Good Troubles with inspiration.
He made his final public appearance in June, as protests for racial justice affected the US and the world.
Using cane, he walked along Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bauser on a street in the White House that Bauser had just renamed the Black Leaves Matter Plaza, dedicated to a large yellow mural – space. Big enough to watch from “Black Lives Matter”.
What a day … Now, John Lewis. Sometimes it is nice to meet a hero… I was blessed every time we met. RI POWER, Sir. # thestrugglecontinues # BLM # VOTE
– Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) July 18, 2020
Other politicians increasingly paid tribute.
John Lewis was an icon who fought with every ounce to advance the cause of civil rights for all Americans, “said Kamala Harris, the first African American senator to represent California in the Senate on Twitter.” , Devastated to friends, employees – and all the people he touched in his life. “
US Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote on Twitter, “John Lewis was a true American hero and the moral compass of our state. His courage and conviction must live on all of us because we are making good trouble for justice and opportunity.”
Stacey Abrams, a Democratic activist and founder of Fair Fight, a voting rights group in Lewis’s home state of Georgia, said, “Our conscience, he was a knight of this modern era, who saw its hatred, but never toward light.” Did not fight. ” “And never once did she congratulate her for sharing the beauty of it. I loved her and will miss her.”