John Lewis was a strong proponent of the civil rights movement who experienced a bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965.
The event helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation. Since then, John Lewis had a long and celebrated career in the US Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Lewis’ passing late Friday night, calling him “one of the greatest heroes of American history.”
“All of us were humbled to call Congressman Lewis a colleague, and are heartbroken by his passing,” Pelosi said. “May his memory be an inspiration that moves us all to, in the face of injustice, make ‘good trouble, necessary trouble.’”
Bipartisan condolences for John Lewis poured in for the leader of US civil rights leaders.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Lewis was “a pioneering civil rights leader who put his life on the line to fight racism, promote equal rights, and bring our nation into greater alignment with its founding principles. ”
In December 2019, John Lewis announced he had advanced pancreatic cancer.