Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dies at 80

John Lewis

FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, file photo, with the Capitol Dome in the background, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a vocal leader who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, died Friday at the age of 80.

From Selma to Memphis, and from the Freedom Rides to the March On Washington, Lewis made a name for himself as a young, energetic and emerging civil rights leader. His advocacy continued through the years and during his time as a U.S. Congressman from Georgia.

“Rep. John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation, ” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Twitter Friday night. “Every day of his life was dedicated to bringing freedom and justice to all.”

In 2011, Lewis was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Lewis had been battling with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis he revealed in late December of 2019.

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