US civil rights pioneer, Congressman John Lewis dies at 80

Washington, July 18

US Representative John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights motion and long-time member of the US House of Representatives, has died, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned on Saturday.

Lewis, a Congressman from Atlanta who had introduced in December that he had superior pancreatic most cancers, was 80.

“John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation – from the determination with which he met discrimination at lunch counters and on Freedom Rides, to the courage he showed as a young man facing down violence and death on Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the moral leadership he brought to the Congress for more than 30 years,” Pelosi mentioned in an announcement.

“In the Congress, John Lewis was revered and beloved on either side of the aisle and either side of the Capitol.  All of us had been humbled to name Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing.”

Lewis saved up the battle for civil rights till the tip of his life. He made his final public look in June, as protests for racial justice swept the United States and the world.

Using a cane, he walked with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on a avenue by the White House that Bowser had simply renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, which had simply been devoted with a big yellow mural – giant sufficient to be seen from area – studying “Black Lives Matter.”

Tributes rapidly started pouring in from different politicians.

“John Lewis was an icon who fought with every ounce of his being to advance the cause of civil rights for all Americans,” mentioned Senator Kamala Harris, the primary African American to signify California within the Senate, on Twitter. “I’m devastated for his household, mates, workers – and all these whose lives he touched.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote on Twitter, “John Lewis was a real American hero and the ethical compass of our nation.

May his braveness and conviction dwell on in all of us as we proceed to make good hassle for justice and alternative.” “Our conscience, he was a griot of this modern age, one who saw its hatred but fought ever towards the light,” mentioned Stacey Abrams, a Democratic activist and founding father of Fair Fight, a voting rights group in Lewis’ house state of Georgia. “And never once did he begrudge sharing its beauty. I loved him & will miss him.”


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