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John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80

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John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80

By Katharine Q. Seelye, NY Times
Representative John Lewis, a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality, and who then carried a mantle of moral authority into Congress, died on Friday. He was 80.

His death was confirmed in a statement by Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, announced on Dec. 29 that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and vowed to fight it with the same passion with which he had battled racial injustice. “I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life,” he said.

On the front lines of the bloody campaign to end Jim Crow laws, with blows to his body and a fractured skull to prove it, Mr. Lewis was a valiant stalwart of the civil rights movement and the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

More than a half-century later, after the killing in May of George Floyd, a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Mr. Lewis welcomed the resulting global demonstrations against police killings of Black people and, more broadly, against systemic racism in many corners of society. He saw those protests as a continuation of his life’s work, though his illness had left him to watch from the sidelines.

Mr. Lewis was a popular speaker at college commencements and always offered the same advice — that the graduates get into “good trouble,” as he had done against his parents’ wishes.
He put it this way on Twitter in 2018:

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/us/john-lewis-dead.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Twitter is full with many comments on this great man.
 

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The kind words were nice.

Now, "the Dems" are encouraging the Republican controlled Senate to pass the Voting Rights Act as a mark of respect to Congressman Lewis.
https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=ALeKk03qhIT1ciG_OY6fl2_NltJHlHgUoA%3A1595274085974&ei=ZfMVX-_6OrGyytMPsZuJ4Ao&q=%22voting+rights+act%22+lewis&oq=%22voting+rights+act%22+lewis&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQDFAAWABgvP8MaABwAHgAgAEAiAEAkgEAmAEAqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwivwdqJy9zqAhUxmXIEHbFNAqwQ4dUDCAs#spf=1595274301047
 
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