1,044 views | July 18, 2020 | News | By hiphopallaround
Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis has passed away, after a long battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. John Lewis managed to spend over 30 years in Congress and was widely known for his close relationship with Martin Luther King Jr. before he eventually lost his life to cancer. “Today, America mourns the loss of one of the greatest heroes of American history: Congressman John Lewis, the Conscience of the Congress,“ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed.
John Lewis turned civil rights activist when he was just a teenager alongside Dr. King before becoming a Congressman, aiding in ending racial segregation and eradicating Jim Crow laws on a national level. During Barack Obama's presidency, Lewis was awarded the Medal of Freedom by the former President.