Rep John Lewis, a frontrunner within the civil rights motion and later US congressman, has died on the age of 80.
Lewis was one of many “Large Six” civil rights leaders, which included Martin Luther King Jr, and helped organise the historic 1963 March on Washington.
As a congressman he was a Georgia Democrat, and represented an space which lined most of its capital Atlanta.
In December 2019 Lewis introduced that he had been identified with Stage 4 pancreatic most cancers.
“I’ve been in some sort of combat – for freedom, equality, primary human rights – for practically my whole life,” he stated in an announcement launched on the time. “I’ve by no means confronted a combat fairly just like the one I’ve now.”
In the course of the civil rights motion, Lewis was one of many founders of the Scholar Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), after which turned its chairman from 1963 to 1966.
He co-organised and spoke on the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the rally at which Dr King delivered his historic I Have a Dream speech.
Lewis was the final surviving speaker from the march.
Democratic Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis’s demise in an announcement posted on her web site and on social media.
She wrote that Lewis “was a titan of the civil rights motion whose goodness, religion and bravado reworked our nation”, and that as a congressman he was “revered and beloved on each side of the aisle and each side of the Capitol”.
“Each day of John Lewis’s life was devoted to bringing freedom and justice to all,” she stated. “As he declared 57 years in the past throughout the March on Washington, standing within the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial: ‘Our minds, souls, and hearts can not relaxation till freedom and justice exist for all of the people.’
“How becoming it’s that even within the final weeks of his battle with most cancers, John summoned the power to go to the peaceable protests the place the most recent era of People had poured into the streets to take up the unfinished work of racial justice.”
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Media captionJohn Lewis spoke to the BBC in regards to the March on Washington in 2013
Upon information of his demise, civil rights group the NAACP tweeted that they had been “deeply saddened”.
“His life-long mission for justice, equality and freedom left a everlasting impression on our nation and world,” the organisation stated. “The NAACP extends our sincerest condolences to his household, and we ship prayers of consolation and power to all.”
Former presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren tweeted that Lewis “was a real American hero and the ethical compass of our nation”.
Lewis’s demise comes on the identical day because the demise of fellow civil rights chief C T Vivian on the age of 95. Vivian helped organise the Freedom Rides – a protest to combine buses within the south – and later went on to steer the Southern Christian Management Convention (SCLC).