Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dead at 80

John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 80.
Lewis, a Democrat who served as the US representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district for more than three decades, was widely seen as a moral conscience of Congress because of his decades-long embodiment of nonviolent fight for civil rights. His passionate oratory was backed by a long record of action that included, by his count, more than 40 arrests while demonstrating against racial and social injustice.
A follower and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., he participated in lunch counter sit-ins, joined the Freedom Riders in challenging segregated buses and -- at the age of 23 -- was a keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington.
"Sometimes when I look back and think about it, how did we do what we did? How did we succeed? We didn't have a website. We didn't have a cellular telephone," Lewis has said of the civil rights movement.
"But I felt when we were sitting in at those lunch counter stools, or going on the Freedom Ride, or marching from Selma to Montgomery, there was a power and a force. God Almighty was there with us."
Lewis has said King inspired his activism. Angered by the unfairness of the Jim Crow South, he launched what he called "good trouble" with organized protests and sit-ins. In the early 1960s, he was a Freedom Rider, challenging segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South and in the nation's capital.

"We do not want our freedom gradual; we want to be free now," he said at the time.
At age 25, Lewis helped lead a march for voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where he and other marchers were met by heavily armed state and local police who attacked them with clubs, fracturing Lewis' skull. Images from that "Bloody Sunday" shocked the nation and galvanized support for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
"I gave a little blood on that bridge," he said years later. "I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death."
Despite the attack and other beatings, Lewis never lost his activist spirit, taking it from protests to politics. He was elected to the Atlanta city council in 1981, then to Congress six years later.
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Tas Tapsas
Tas Tapsas:
Martin Luther King too John Lewis: ' Welcome home, my brother '
One time I saw him with his family in a restaurant on a mother's day years ago. I didn't want to say anything because he was clearly eating and having a celebration with his family. He heard my mother say his name and came over to greet us.
RIP John Lewis. 😔

To those who are still attacking + mocking Lewis after his passing, you're precisely what's wrong with the country today. 😒 You're absolutely entitled to disagree with John's politics, heck you don't even need to like the guy, but would it kill you to maintain civil + respectful rhetoric? 😓
Melvin Mack
Melvin Mack:
God.bless his family and may he.Rest in God.
April Harmony
April Harmony:
💖R.I.P. John Lewis💖 Rest In Power sir🙏
Bryan Meekins
Bryan Meekins:
"Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never lose that sense of hope."- John Lewis
Tony Z
Tony Z:
So why don’t we have a statue of him?!
AWESOME dude, total gentleman, and a forceful guiding light. RIP Sir.
Mary Anne Horn
Mary Anne Horn:
I was saddened by the news of Mr. Lewis's death. I loved that he always took a stand and made "good trouble!" We will continue the fight with bravery, truth, and courage.
Smart Man
Smart Man:
John Lewis- You’ve run your race. Well done. Rest in Power.
John Edward Jones
John Edward Jones:
Thank you to The Great, The Extraordinary Representative John Lewis. Courage, great heart and soul. Expressive in ways that changed this country in a positive way. Inspiration that has been important to me since teen years. You have earned and then some, a great peaceful rest. Will be missed.
John Brown
John Brown:
RIP John Lewis. We will look for you on the other side dear brother. 😭
Dresdan PI
Dresdan PI:
"Speak up. Speak out. Get into good trouble"

Rest In Power Sir.
eyerusalem solomon
eyerusalem solomon:
So heartbroken😪 I was so happy to see him when He came to DC to see the Black Lives Matter plaza. I thought he looked great. He never relented on his struggles and commitment to justice and equality. His final trip to DC to witness and see in his own eyes was a testimony to his Heroism. Not beating in the head, Not being hosed down, pushed and shoved and being called names by racists, NOT even dieing from cancer stopped this Hero's life long commitment to justice and equality. Rest in heavenly peace, Mr. Lewis. You are in good comany now; with all the giants that have passed on before you. Please, tell them all their struggles wasn't in vein. America has come to a reckoning with its passed sins. at the capital. I will stand in the long lines to pay my respect. Thsnk You, Sir.
Smartana Jones
Smartana Jones:
Unlike so many of our other warrior spirits, the Almighty saw to it that this powerful man lived on this earth for an outstanding 80 years! I’m very grateful he wasn’t cut down in the prime of his life like our other ancestors and that he got to keep on keeping on his efforts to light the torches of justice wherever he went on his journey in life. I Met him several times here in Atlanta and I must say he rarely ever smiled, and he seemed to have an internal sadness inside or in his eyes. Perhaps it was because of the rugged and very intense life he had to endure in this racist country just trying to realize his and our human right to simply be treated as a human being. Oh and the narrator so conveniently left out the word “White” when he describe the people that inflicted such harsh brutality on the honorable Rep. John Lewis. I found that to be pretty interesting to say the least to not specifically call out the people who exacted so much venom and hate on this man and other justice seeking people of color and even other allying Caucasians. At any rate, you now belong to the ages with our other beloved ancestors. We’ll always uplift your name.
Lazer Bucket
Lazer Bucket:
Fox News disabled comments on their John Lewis videos. They know their racist viewers too well.
R.I.P. REP. LEWIS🙏🏾🙏🏾🖤
Boss Women
Boss Women:
Thank you, sir for your "good trouble" may we continue to follow your example. ✝️
He got arrested 40 times and still didn’t stop. What a champion. Rest In Peace John Lewis.
Guy Long
Guy Long:
Yawn. Beaten by Democrats,then he became one. There have been many great black men, I know some of them, he was not one of them.
California Dreaming
California Dreaming:
Couldn’t have happened to a better loser.
Todd P
Todd P:
How do suffer at the hands of Democrats and become one ?
Karamo Manneh
Karamo Manneh:
I remember him back in 2010 I join him in Atlanta during Thanksgiving weekend feeding the homeless I did have a lengthy conversation with him, great son of America rest in peace.
Cloveice Colemen
Cloveice Colemen:
John Lewis, 1940-2020. "Well done thou good and faithful servant. " Rest in PARADISE ✌❤🙏🌷🌲🎵💃
Larry Steele
Larry Steele:
Rest well Mr. Lewis thank you for everything. ❤️💕
رمضان Ramadan
رمضان Ramadan:
And (remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allâh has chosen you, purified you (from polytheism and disbelief), and chosen you above the women of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind and jinn) (of her lifetime).”
O Mary! “Submit yourself with obedience to your Lord (Allâh, by worshipping none but Him Alone) and prostrate yourself, and Irka‘î (bow down) along with ArRâki‘ûn (those who bow down).”
This is (a part) of the news of the Ghaib (unseen, i.e. the news of the past nations of which you have no knowledge) which We reveal to you (O Muhammad ﷺ). You were not with them, when they cast lots with their pens as to which of them should be charged with the care of Maryam (Mary); nor were you with them when they disputed.
(Remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allâh gives you the glad tidings of a Word [“Be!” — and he was! i.e. ‘Îsâ (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Îsâ (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allâh”.
“He will speak to the people in the cradle(1)) and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous”.
She said: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me.” He said: “So (it will be) for Allâh creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: “Be!” ¾and it is.
And He (Allâh) will teach him [‘Îsâ (Jesus)] the Book and AlHikmah (i.e. the Sunnah, the faultless speech of the Prophets, wisdom), and the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel).
And will make him [‘Îsâ (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, a figure like that of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allâh’s Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allâh’s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.
Chloe Easley
Chloe Easley:
One of the great men that fought along MLK that help us have the freedom I cherish now. No not perfect but we came such a long way.. I’m greatly for all he’s done. May he rest peacefully
Diva Kim
Diva Kim:
John Lewis, thank you for your service and undying faith in and commitment to all people of color. Great men like you really paved the way for us. Rest in power!💕
Jah Hebrew
Jah Hebrew:
I would loved for him to stick around until November 4th morning. He would've been pleased. Thanks for all you did and made possible RIP
Belinda Cassidy
Belinda Cassidy:
God bless you John Lewis ! RIP❤
Amer Poland
Amer Poland:
" It's not how you start. It's how you finish. "......
Retr0 XX
Retr0 XX:
Mareko Solomona
Mareko Solomona:
Martin Luther King : “I have a dream”

John Lewis : “We still have a dream”
American Islander
American Islander:
A Hero that I have the honor to stretch my hand in the 2020 Georgia/Marietta Martin Luther King jr. Annual commemoration.

In December 2019, while I was taking a Federal Business Flight I saw him in one of the first rows. I had a bad “morning,” and my face can tell. This Gentleman look at me with a look that almost nobody show me before. A unique look of compassion and love that I have never take of my mind. John Lewis Rest In Peace Hero.
Markiso Wickstorm
Markiso Wickstorm:
Seth Gilbertson
Seth Gilbertson:
God bless John Lewis! His indelible mark of Love has been imprinted on the heart of our nation. ❤️❤️❤️
Pamela Mitchell
Pamela Mitchell:
Never give up!
Linda Hackens
Linda Hackens:
Rest ln Peace Mr. John Lewis, 🙏🏿♥️ Thanks for being a gentle gaint. No more pain. You will be missed. Praying for the family. 😥♥️💔👑 "JESUS was beaten", for the world, Mr.Lewis was beaten because of the world. 🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿♥️♥️♥️
H. M.
H. M.:
Thank you for your service.
Lisa Shelton
Lisa Shelton:
Listening to John Lewis used to lighten my heart with hope for all he said and represented.
RIP Mr. Lewis 🌈👼🙏
Antônio Soares
Antônio Soares:
Oh my God. Dia triste. Estou em lágrimas. 😭😭😭😭😭
William Matthews
William Matthews:
RIP John. The fight will live on!
Job Okeno
Job Okeno:
"You must always be brave, bold and courageous." John Lewis.
Tyler Hartman
Tyler Hartman:
Finally am I right
David Geiger
David Geiger:
Been in the game so long and accomplished so much PR, all while making a very comfortable living... and what did he really accomplish for those he was elected to represent?
Tyrone Glover
Tyrone Glover:
Thank you John Lewis for your life long sacrifice. May God be pleased you.
Thank you Mr.Lewis
elaine smith
elaine smith:
Rest in peace to this good man, and I thank him for his service to our nation. My sincerest sympathies to his loved ones.😢🙏
The Mysterious World
The Mysterious World:
That “I still have a dream” is damn near stronger than the beatings and kills....
sammy jackson of Hollywood
sammy jackson of Hollywood:
rest in peace my brother, may the God of ours ancestors, bless your soul!
Sunshine Denney
Sunshine Denney:
Roberta Hubert
Roberta Hubert:
RIP John Lewis you will be greatly missed. Resting with the great ones
Ddd Mcg
Ddd Mcg:
RIP John
Darran Kern
Darran Kern:
Good riddance
bradd 91-
bradd 91-:
King Retro
King Retro:
John Lewis fought and fought. Rip man 😭
Lexo Getti
Lexo Getti:
This man had the strength of millions in his blood and bones. He stood tall in the face of severe oppression and this is a reminder to all those who fight still today for the freedoms this man and many like him fought for to keep pushing for your rights and freedoms, to never stop, never remain still and always remember those who have fallen for FREEDOM FOR ALL and the EQUAL RIGHTS promised by so many before him, This fight is far from over and it will take the next generation of leaders to continue to build off the memories and accomplishments of everyone before them. May Allah grant Peace and blessings upon this man and I want to say to his family and friends he will not be forgotten and his life will always be held high for all he has done for all of us here in America.
Doris George
Doris George:
😭😭😭😭😭😭 with teas in my eyes, may God Almighty guide nd protect his family nd may the Almighty God give his family strength nd heal their brocking hearts, full it with peace. he's a wonderful person a very strong man.nd he's has given us a very good part of his life to the American people. He will be missed. 🙏🙏🙏. he left a very good legacy
Rayenal Owens
Rayenal Owens:
Rest in power!!!
grover grover
grover grover:
RIP John.
Good on John for fighting a losing battle in Amerikkka 💪🏿👊🏽
Fred Flintstone
Fred Flintstone:
He was so brave when he was young!! There aren't people like him anymore
*this narration makes it seem like his life was sweet, please understand the evils that were going on and how BRUTAL the white resistance was!!!*
ray boston
ray boston:
RIP Sir!
Aatma Parmatma
Aatma Parmatma:
Great person
Warped & Opinionated Dad
Warped & Opinionated Dad:
☹️☹️☹️☹️ Losing a legend hurts..
Pastor Bright Amegazo
Pastor Bright Amegazo:
Rest In Peace. Great hero.
Chilly Willie DFW
Chilly Willie DFW:
Rest well brother you've earned it.
Will Willis
Will Willis:
Wonder what Ghislaine Maxwell had on him " suicide week " .. you don't stay in office that long without being compromised.....
Elaine Elliston
Elaine Elliston:
RIP. You fight a good fight 🙏🙏
Rest in Peace John Lewis. Thank you for your unwavering activism. A real hero.
Quarmaine Stephenson
Quarmaine Stephenson:
Now that’s a real og
E C:
💙💙💙 rest in power, sweet man 💙💙💙
J Dubb
J Dubb:
Life well lived. Thank you! 🙏🏾
Anna Gettings
Anna Gettings:
Damn! Another great man leaves us. R.I.P. I hope we don't let you down.
Kevin Stiffarm
Kevin Stiffarm:
God bless you and your family
John Zappulla
John Zappulla:
Darth sexy 88
Darth sexy 88:
He looks like the nicest guy
S.A.M McNaughty
S.A.M McNaughty:
No. No. May you sleep in Heavenly peace. Love you always. Thank you for paving the way for us. Sleeping but will never be forgotten. 💝💝🙏⏰🙏⏰🖤💝💙💛💖💔💔💔💔
Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones:
Bless up John🙏🤘
Wow......Rep. John Lewis was truly an American.....thank you for your service sir.
Milgrine Genio
Milgrine Genio:
Thank you for your legacy!
Levi M
Levi M:
Rest in peace, you fought for it. Thanks for your bravery and leadership.
qanon pub
qanon pub:
He surrendered to the deep state
Adrian Becker
Adrian Becker:
RIP Mr Lewis 😇😇😇
StarwarsSavage `
StarwarsSavage `:
While this is sad we need to remember to keep up his legacy. Continue to forgive, continue to love, continue to support, but most of all when protesting we need to do it peacefully. Rest in peace John Lewis .
Da Chief
Da Chief:
Rip sir
TEE Lyttle
TEE Lyttle:
R.I.P. to a leader... a hero... and a true legend. 🙏🏾
Nikita Sampson-Mitchell
Nikita Sampson-Mitchell:
Selena Steele
Selena Steele:
Stephanie White
Stephanie White:
RIP Rep. John Lewis 🙏👧
Klemonster 56
Klemonster 56:
RIP John Lewis 🥀🥀🥀
R.I.P John Lewis well wishes to all your family and friends.
Prestige Confidential
Prestige Confidential:
Brave,bold and courageous.RIP John