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Congressman & Civil Rights Icon, John Lewis Dies At 80

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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.



Fifty-eight years ago this week, I was released from Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, after being arrested at the bus station in Jackson, Mississippi for using a so-called "white" restroom during the Freedom Rides. #GoodTrouble

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John Lewis was and will always be an American hero and champion for civil rights, who inspired us all to make good trouble in the fight for justice. Rest in power, Rep. John Lewis.

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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.






Fifty-eight years ago this week, I was released from Mississippi State Penitentiary, also known as Parchman Farm, after being arrested at the bus station in Jackson, Mississippi for using a so-called “white” restroom during the Freedom Rides. #GoodTrouble

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John Lewis was and will always be an American hero and champion for civil rights, who inspired us all to make good trouble in the fight for justice. Rest in power, Rep. John Lewis.

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