Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the renowned civil rights leader who served as a symbol of the movement throughout his more than three decades in Congress, died Friday at the age of 80.From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. on "Bloody Sunday," Lewis decisively carved a place for himself in the history books as a courageous young activist during the height of the civil rights movement. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
After staying silent Saturday morning as other tributes came pouring in, President Trump tweeted condolences for the late Rep. John Lewis in the afternoon and called him a "civil rights hero."
"Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family," Trump tweeted shortly after 2 p.m. after he left Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.
John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died
John Lewis, a civil rights icon who went on to a more than three-decade long career in Congress representing Atlanta as a Democrat, has died. He was 80 years old and was in treatment for pancreatic cancer. He enjoyed near-universal respect on Capitol Hill as a hero of the movement, which put in him the […] The post John Lewis, civil rights hero and ‘conscience of Congress,’ has died appeared first on Roll Call.
Lewis, D-Ga., died Friday night after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
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The former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the keynote speakers at the historic March on Washington before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis spent his life advocating for the rights of minorities. Lewis served in Congress for 33 years.
But Lewis was no fan of Trump. He sparked a boycott of his inauguration in 2017 and said the president-elect was not a "legitimate president." Lewis said Russians destroyed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and helped Trump win the election.
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Trump hit back at Lewis saying in January 2017 that he was "all talk" and "no action," and tweeting that “Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart."
Lewis continued to speak out against Trump throughout his presidency and delivered an emotional speech on the House floor backing Trump's impeachment inquiry, citing a "moral obligation."
"Our nation is founded on the principle that we do not have kings," Lewis said in the December 2019 speech. "We have presidents. And the constitution is our compass. When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something. To do something. Our children and their children will ask us, 'What did you do? What did you say?' For some, this vote may be hard. But we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history."
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Long-time civil right advocate C.T. Vivian, who died of natural causes July 17 at the age of 95, will be remembered in a private funeral in Atlanta.The service is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET and will be closed to the public because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Vivian died July 17 in his Atlanta home of natural causes. He was 95.
Given the acrimony between Trump and Lewis, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., earlier Saturday urged Trump to stay quiet on Lewis's passing.
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“[P]lease say nothing," Bass, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, tweeted. "... Please let us mourn in peace."
Trump had already issued a White House proclamation shortly after 11 a.m. to lower American flags to half-staff nationwide “as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service” of Lewis. And both White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Vice President Mike Pence issued statements of condolences and tributes.
While Trump's brief statement was less effusive that other presidents and members of his Administration, Trump made no mention of the controversy he once had with Lewis.
Tributes for Lewis came in earlier Saturday from former presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as lawmakers from both parties, who praised Lewis for his lifelong dedication to finding liberty and justice for all.
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Voting rights activists are working to honor John Lewis by securing the vote for Black Americans and others in the face of suppression tactics.“Do you know how traumatic it is in 2020 to wait out there five, six hours to vote?” says Brown, co-founder of the activist group Black Voters Matter. She says when she visited polling stations that day in largely white Atlanta neighborhoods she saw voters in and out in minutes.
Bush recalled Lewis's marching for equality in Selma, Ala. where he "answered brutal violence with courageous hope." Carter said Lewis "made an indelible mark on history through his quest to make our nation more just."
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Bill and Hillary Clinton called Lewis the "conscience of the nation" and said they were grateful their friend "lived to see a new generation of Americans take to the streets in search of his long-sought 'beloved community."
Obama, who awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 for his courage and unwavering commitment to justice, said Lewis "loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise."
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Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said: "I know of no man with more courage than John Lewis. He was a giant walking among us. When I saw him, I couldn’t help but think one thing: 'I haven’t done enough.' May his life and legacy inspire every one of us to strive for justice, equality and what is right."
Pence praised Lewis as a "good and great man" whose decades of public service changed America.
"John Lewis will be remembered as a giant of the civil rights movement whose selflessness and conviction rendered our nation into a more perfect union and his example will inspire generations of Americans," Pence said in a statement.
Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered by fellow veterans: 'We had right on our side'
As John Lewis' life is celebrated in several cities, veterans of the civil rights movement, close friends and colleagues shared memorable moments.For others, it was the late Georgia congressman’s surprise visit to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March.
"While John Lewis will be rightly remembered as an icon of the civil rights movement, for me, he was also a colleague and a friend," Pence added. "Even when we differed, John was always unfailingly kind and my family and I will never forget the privilege of crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge at his side on the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday."
Fox News' Chad Pergram and Adam Shaw contributed to his report.
Video: Rep. John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon and 'Conscience of Congress,' Dies at 80 (Time)
'I love you, brother.' Lawmakers remember Rep. John Lewis' friendship and advice .
Whenever Rep. Tony Cardenas spoke with Lewis, he'd say, “I love you, brother,” knowing that Lewis would say it back, “and with all his heart mean it."They marveled at the gentle spirit of the Democratic congressman from Georgia and wondered why the abuse he suffered as a civil rights leader hadn't made him bitter. Their own spirits were lifted as they marched with Lewis on the anniversaries of Bloody Sunday or watched him spend countless hours talking to young people about the lessons of the past and the work that still needs to be done.