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Civil Rights Legend and Democratic Congressman Rep. John Lewis passes away at 80

  • US Rep. John Robert Lewis has died at the age of 80-years on Friday night after a 6-month battle with pancreatic cancer. His death was confirmed by the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi. Lewis was a towering figure of the civil rights movement in the United States, a longtime US congressman, helped Martin Luther King organize the March on Washington in 1963, and also survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Alabama’s Selma. He had confirmed his 4th-stage pancreatic cancer in December 2019. Former President Barack Obama remembered Lewis by saying that he first met him in law school and conveyed to him that Lewis was one of his heroes. Obama went on to say that “Years later when I was elected a US senator, I told him that I stood on his shoulders. When I was elected president of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made.” At a community peace march in Brooklyn on Saturday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described Rep. John Lewis as “a saint who walked among us”. Reports say that at least 21 US states (including Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Washington, New Jersey, Ohio, Montana, Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut, and many more) have flown their flags at half-staff in remembrance of Late Rep. John Lewis.