Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dead at 80

Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dead at 80 1

 

John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.
Lewis, a Democrat who served as the US representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district for more than three decades, was widely seen as a moral conscience of Congress because of his decades-long embodiment of nonviolent fight for civil rights. His passionate oratory was backed by a long record of action that included, by his count, more than 40 arrests while demonstrating against racial and social injustice.
A follower and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., he participated in lunch counter sit-ins, joined the Freedom Riders in challenging segregated buses and — at the age of 23 — was a keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington.
"Sometimes when I look back and think about it, how did we do what we did? How did we succeed? We didn't have a website. We didn't have a cellular telephone," Lewis has said of the civil rights movement.
"But I felt when we were sitting in at those lunch counter stools, or going on the Freedom Ride, or marching from Selma to Montgomery, there was a power and a force. God Almighty was there with us."
Lewis has said King inspired his activism. Angered by the unfairness of the Jim Crow South, he launched what he called "good trouble" with organized protests and sit-ins. In the early 1960s, he was a Freedom Rider, challenging segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South and in the nation's capital.
"We do not want our freedom gradual; we want to be free now," he said at the time.
At age 25, Lewis helped lead a march for voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where he and other marchers were met by heavily armed state and local police who attacked them with clubs, fracturing Lewis' skull. Images from that "Bloody Sunday" shocked the nation and galvanized support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
"I gave a little blood on that bridge," he said years later. "I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death."
Despite the attack and other beatings, Lewis never lost his activist spirit, taking it from protests to politics. He was elected to the Atlanta city council in 1981, then to Congress six years later.
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74 Comments on "Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dead at 80"

  1. RIP John Lewis. We will look for you on the other side dear brother. 😭

  2. ThEePiCgOoFyKiD | July 18, 2020 at 8:05 AM | Reply

    One time I saw him with his family in a restaurant on a mother’s day years ago. I didn’t want to say anything because he was clearly eating and having a celebration with his family. He heard my mother say his name and came over to greet us.

  3. So why don’t we have a statue of him?!

  4. He ran his race and by doing so helped clear a path for others to run theirs too. RIP😔

  5. ” It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish. “……

  6. “Speak up. Speak out. Get into good trouble”

    Rest In Power Sir.

  7. eyerusalem solomon | July 18, 2020 at 8:47 AM | Reply

    So heartbroken😪 I was so happy to see him when He came to DC to see the Black Lives Matter plaza. I thought he looked great. He never relented on his struggles and commitment to justice and equality. His final trip to DC to witness and see in his own eyes was a testimony to his Heroism. Not beating in the head, Not being hosed down, pushed and shoved and being called names by racists, NOT even dieing from cancer stopped this Hero’s life long commitment to justice and equality. Rest in heavenly peace, Mr. Lewis. You are in good comany now; with all the giants that have passed on before you. Please, tell them all their struggles wasn’t in vein. America has come to a reckoning with its passed sins. See.you at the capital. I will stand in the long lines to pay my respect. Thsnk You, Sir.

  8. rrmndtqrg8 q | July 18, 2020 at 9:26 AM | Reply

    Will his family get to take over his seat

  9. Dedrick Lucious | July 18, 2020 at 9:27 AM | Reply

    “NEVER BE AFRAID OF GOOD TROUBLE” GOODBYE CIVIL RIGHTS GIANT JOHN R LEWIS. RIP 1940-2020 RIP CT VIVIAN

    • Mace Maylion | July 18, 2020 at 11:51 AM | Reply

      @Democrats jerk off to Desmond is amazing my oh my, are you just plain stupid enough to think anyone is going to believe you or are you just a troll?

    • Heb 9:27 NKJV And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
      Hopefully he knows Christ and more importantly , Christ knows him.
      Luk 13:27 NKJV “But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’

      People this is not a game. Your eternity depends on it.

    • Courtney Scott | July 18, 2020 at 3:22 PM | Reply

      @Arzell Rodgers Exactly!!!

    • david frankel | July 18, 2020 at 8:11 PM | Reply

      hes a thug

  10. Mary Anne Horn | July 18, 2020 at 9:39 AM | Reply

    I was saddened by the news of Mr. Lewis’s death. I loved that he always took a stand and made “good trouble!” We will continue the fight with bravery, truth, and courage.

  11. Maybe now Atlanta can elect a Representative that will improve the downward path Atlanta has been on for the last 40 years…

  12. Pelosi walking next to him, arm in arm. Pelosi. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Debbie Wasserman Shultz. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Seth Rich.

  13. Many of dems leaders will choose suicide over prison time

  14. Lazer Bucket | July 18, 2020 at 1:42 PM | Reply

    Fox News disabled comments on their John Lewis videos. They know their racist viewers too well.

  15. Wow, he did so much to help Atlanta, lol.

  16. he will be doing all that can be done through his name and all of his work from this new home of light and love, that he stood for. be of love and not hate.

  17. Lewis got lost in an ocean or race-baiting whiners, a hallmark of the Democrap Party

  18. HE’S NOT AN ICON TO MY LATINO PEOPLE!!! HE GOT RICH ON THE BACKS OF ALL!!!

    • Jay Ramon you’re right!These People Talking about how great he was are idiots and fools who are easily manipulated by the NWO media!!!

    • ElSentientWindow | July 18, 2020 at 7:32 PM | Reply

      He was helping Latino and black people because they were discriminated against stfu

    • SuperThunderGoodGuy | July 18, 2020 at 9:06 PM | Reply

      We’re not talking about Latinos. There talking about his legacy

    • @SuperThunderGoodGuy SCREW HIS LEGACY, 30 PLUS YEARS MAKING HIMSELF RICH BY SELLING OUT TO THE POWERS THAT BE… THEN COME OUT AND GIVE SPEECHES AS IF HE’S ON THE POOR AND “MINORITIES” SIDE… I’M A BLACK SKIN LATINO AND I DON’T CARE FOR HIS SO CALLED LEGACY… GOOD RIDDANCE… HE’LL BE FORGOTTEN IN 6 DAYS…

  19. Korben Dallas | July 18, 2020 at 6:10 PM | Reply

    Finally some good news.

  20. CONGRESS AND THE SENATE NEED 4 OR 8 YEAR TERMS AND NO MORE AFTER THAT…

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