Lewis, aged 80, died on 17 July. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last December. Lewis represented the Atlanta area in Congress from 1987 until his death.
The service, which was closed to the public, brought in some of the country’s most powerful politicians to comment. Other speakers include Rev. Bernice King, CEO of the King Center, who will lead the prayer, activist James Lawson, former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, Lewis Deputy Chief of Staff Jamila Thompson and Rev. Rafael Warnock, Democratic Senate candidates. And senior pastor of the church.
President Donald Trump, who had no schedule for his program Thursday morning, stayed in Washington to visit the national headquarters of the American Red Cross and attended a roundtable to donate plasma in the afternoon. He spent an early morning mail-in voting on Twitter and questioned whether the presidential election should be postponed until people could vote properly, safely and safely.
The president did not mention Lewis in his tweet on Thursday and when Lewis’s coffin was brought to DC, he tweeted on July 18 that he was “[s]”To hear the news of the demise of civil rights hero John Lewis” and along with first lady Melania Trump, sent their prayers to Lewis’ family.
Lewis will be buried in South-View Cemetery in Atlantis.
In his final words, Lewis told Americans who have opposed systemic racism and police brutality across the country that he “inspired” him in his last days and filled him with hope for the future. He urged American citizens to get into “good trouble” and highlighted the vote and participated in the democratic process to cash in on the soul of the nation.
“While I may not be here with you, I urge you to respond to the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe,” he wrote in the New York Times on Thursday, an op-ed published earlier on Thursday I wrote shortly before his death. . “In my life I have done all that shows that the way of peace, love and non-violence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to give freedom ring. “