Civil Rights Legend Rep. John Lewis Dies

His fight for justice began in Jim Crow south

Maria Boynton
July 18, 2020 - 12:30 am
Congressman John Lewis received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in from President Obama in 2011

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Representative John Lewis has died, a source confirms to V103 Atlanta. He was 80.

Lewis had been receiving treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer since December.

He died Friday night.

 

Upon learning of Lewis' death, Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, issued the following statement:

"Today the world lost a giant. I lost a mentor, a church member and a friend. In his youth, John Lewis wrestled with a call to ministry. But instead of preaching sermons, he became a sermon for all the world to see. He was a walking, living sermon about love, truth-telling and justice-making on the earth. 

John Lewis summoned the best within us while standing on a bridge in Selma with faith and courage. As his pastor, I was honored to be with him as he crossed his final bridge with the same faith and courage. 

The hero of Bloody Sunday fought for our voice and our vote. For that he will be kindly remembered by history, his deeds etched in eternity.  Our lives are richer and better because John Lewis passed our way. "