John Lewis’s final return to Atlanta


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The governor and mayor have been in a heated war, with Kemp suing Bangs over his requirement that the people of the city wear masks when they are out.

Bottoms said that it did not happen that Lewis’ final public appearance, about a month before he died, was a visit to the Black Lives Matter Mural in Washington.

“By his final days, he was calling for America to be America again in his words and his actions,” said Bottoms, adding that he was watching Lewis lead the Atlanta and was proud of how he was to COVID-19 Was handling. ” Crisis, peaceful protest and racial unrest.

Bottoms said, “And so, the governor, when the ‘good trouble’ continues, knows that it is with the blessing of Congressman Lewis.” “While the fight for freedom and equality continues, Congressman Lewis reminds us to be optimistic, optimistic and never lose our sense of hope.”

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July 29, 2020 Atlanta – Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms commented on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, as Congressman John Lewis in Georgia Capitol Rotunda while itHonoring the life and legacy of Congressman John Robert Lewis. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub) [email protected])

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Lewis died at the age of 80 on 17 July. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church. A source said in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that President Barack Obama will speak. He will be buried in South-View Cemetery next to his wife Lillian, who died in 2012.

Wednesday was reserved for the public, with Thursday services private. Among them, some have followed him since his days as a firebrand civil rights leader and others remember him as a member of Congress, where he represented Atlanta and the messengers. All of them were prepared by Lewis’s humility and kindness.

“I was born in 1955, so in ’65, I was 10 years old,” said mourner Percy Norwood-Burton, referring to Bloody Sunday when leading Lewis to march on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma He was badly beaten in the attempt. “So that’s all I knew – Martin (Luther King Jr.) and John and Hosey (Williams) and Joseph Lowy and David Abernethy. There are a lot of doors that opened up to me because of them. So I’m very grateful.”

After leaving Dobbins Air Reserve Base, where Lewis’s family and Lewis’s body came from Washington, the first stop of the procession was 10th at Rainbow Croswalk and Piedmont in Midtown, a memorial to Atlanta’s LGBTU population. Lewis compared the struggle for equal treatment of LGBTQ people to his work on the front lines of the civil rights movement.

The casket and motorbike of Rep. John Lewis stops near Auburn Avenue near Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in front of Hero Mural, where Karen Grant of Peachtree Corners on the left honors the Congressman and his family on July 29, 2020.  (Jenny Gartman for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The casket and motorbike of Rep. John Lewis stops near Auburn Avenue near Jesse Hill Jr. Drive in front of Hero Mural, where Karen Grant of Peachtree Corners on the left honors the Congressman and his family on July 29, 2020. (Jenny Gartman for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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All people wept or screamed in the procession route, when the horse passed a casket wrapped with its flag. Many people rushed to take a fleeting photo. Others stood with their right fists in the air. Others sang.

Upon arriving at the Capitol, an honor guard carefully removed Lewis’s coffin, while a rising crowd cheered. Standing on the steps of the Capitol to greet the body was Kemp and his wife, Bottoms, and Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), who called Lewis a “fearless warrior”.

“John, in your memory and as a legacy, you will continue to inspire us, inspire us, and be a solid source of strength.” You will be missed, but we will cherish memories and moments. “You left us with many challenges to seek answers and some principles to guide us. Your mark on America is forever established and recorded. “

Kemp, who presented the Lewis family with a Georgia flag, said the nation mourns Lewis’s demise, all should strive again for the principles they fought for: freedom, freedom and all Justice for

“His example taught us that we have nothing to lose and everything by working together and loving each other,” Kemp said. “And even today, as our country faces a public health crisis and new challenges rooted in injustice, I know the example left behind by Congressman Lewis, the man who truly embraces Republican Senator Johnny Isakson To cross the aisle, it will inspire all of us to work hard, do the needful and be strong to overcome our common challenges. “

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7/29/20 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia First Lady Mary Kemp (from left), Gov. Brian Kemp, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, State Rep. Calvin Smyer leads the body of Rep. John Lewis to the state capitol. On the fifth day of “Celebration of Life” for the rape, John Lewis, body and family members returned to Georgia for ceremonies at the State Capitol where he would remain in the state until the funeral on Thursday. Alyssa Pointer / [email protected]

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After a brief public ceremony, the doors were opened to begin a seven-hour public mourning.

To be seen in the Capitol, where Lewis was only the fourth black man lying in the state in the Capitol Rotunda, brought a diverse crowd in age and ethnicity – some in black costumes, others in shirts at the behest ” I can “‘T Breathe’ or” ‘Good Trouble’ “- and they filled the second floor of the Capitol as they prepared for their last chance to see Congressmen.

At 7 pm, the brothers of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity of Lewis conducted a special rite for him. His body will remain in the Capitol until he is taken to the Ebenezer Baptist Church for funeral on Thursday morning.

In his comments about Lewis, Bottoms drew on the words of Langston Hughes’ powerful 1935 poem, “Let America Be America Again”.

He quotes her: “Let America be the dreamer – let it be the great strong land of love. Where neither kings are ever mentioned nor the oppressors. Let no man be crushed from above. “

Then he said: “Five years after these words were written, the son of the stockholders, a descendant of a slave, was born. We gather here today, which at one time was the bastion of the Confederacy together as it lived Prophet, and loved this Prophet named John Louis. “

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Line to watch the rape. John Lewis closes shortly after 10pm, with hundreds still in line.

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Line to watch the rape. John Lewis reopened at Georgia Capitol

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