John Robert Lewis, who survived a fierce beating by police in March 1965 in Selma, Alabama, to set himself as a towering figure of the civil rights movements and United States’ congressman for an extensive period, has passed away at the age of 80, after losing six months battle with cancer.
US Rep. John Lewis has died. A son of sharecroppers and civil rights leader, he served 17 terms as a congressman from Georgia. He was 80. https://t.co/s9Pwmoi2fb
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In a statement, his family declared that it is with inconsolable pain and permanent sadness that they announce the passing of the United States Rep. John Lewis. They added that Lewis was honored and respected as the integrity of the United States Congress and a great icon of American history, but they saw him as a loving brother and father. Moreover, he was the loyal champion in his consistent efforts to demand respect for the worth and dignity of every human being. Besides this, he devoted his whole life to non-vicious activism and was an honest advocate in an effort for equal rights and justice in the United States.
Both Lewis and Rev. Cordy Tindell C.T. Vivian, who was a civil rights leader, had died on the same day.
Two civil rights heroes died on the same day
Tindell was 95. The two major deaths of the civil rights heroes come as the country is still facing racial disturbances in the wake of the brutal death of George Floyd, and latterly, Black-Lives-Matter demonstrations have swept the country.
In a statement, Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, declared his death. The Democratic of California said that today United States mourns the damage of one of the biggest heroes of the United States history: Congressman Lewis, the conscience of Congress.
John Lewis had sworn to tackle the disease after declaring at the end of December 2019 that he diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, which was detected as a consequence of a regular medical tour and testing.
At that time, he said in a statement that he has been in some kind of battle, for freedom, basic human rights, equality—for nearly his whole life. He continued that he has never faced a battle, quite like the one he has now.
John Lewis was a Democratic who served as the United States Rep. for Georgia’s fifth congressional district for above than 3 decades and was vastly looked as a moral conscience of Congress because of Lewis’ decades extensive embodiment of non-violent battle for civil rights.
John Lewis has described about civil rights movement that sometimes, when he looks back and thinks about it, how did they do what they did? They didn’t have a website. How did they succeed? They didn’t have a cellular phone?