Congress Man and Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis dies
Congress man and civil rights icon John Lewis has died. Lewis was the youngest leader of the 1963 March on Washington. He was also a long-serving congressman from Georgia. He was 80.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed congressman Lewis’ death on Friday night.
Pelosi said Lewis was one of the greatest heroes of American history.
“All of us were humbled to call Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing,” Pelosi said. “May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make ‘good trouble, necessary trouble,” she said.
Lewis announced in late December 2019 that he had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer
“I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now,” he said.
John Lewis’s Years in Politics
Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 in Alabama. Also, Lewis went into politics in 1981. Additionally, Lewis won his seat in congress in 1986. He became the Democrats’ senior deputy whip in 2006 after the party gain9ed control of the house.
Former President Barack Obama honored Lewis with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his days in office.
Obama described Lewis as a person who risked his life for his country.
“He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example,” Obama said.
Former President Bill Clinton and wife, Hillary Clinton the country has lost a gient.
“We have lost a giant. John Lewis gave all he had to redeem America’s unmet promise of equality and justice for all.
“Hillary and I loved John. We were blessed by his friendship, support, and wise counsel. We’ll miss him so much, but we’ll always be grateful to God for his long good life,” they said.
During his early years, Lewis wanted to become a minister. He was denied a library card because of the colour of his skin.