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POLITICIANS, ACTIVISTS MOURN JOHN LEWIS’ PASSING


Politicians and activists voiced an outpouring of grief and appreciation for US Rep. John Lewis, who died on Friday of pancreatic cancer at age 80, Reuters reported on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

Former US President Barack Obama extolled Lewis and said: “He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise. And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.”

Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who took in the young Lewis as an ally and bearer of the torch of the civil rights movement, said: “Farewell, sir. You did, indeed, fight the good fight and get into a lot of good trouble. You served God and humanity well. Thank you. Take your rest.”

Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in 2020 and former US Vice President noted: “John’s life reminds us that the most powerful symbol of what it means to be an American is what we do with the time we have to make real the promise of our nation – that we are all created equal and deserve to be treated equally. For parents trying to answer their children’s questions about what to make of the world we are in today, teach them about John Lewis. For the peaceful marchers for racial and economic justice around the world who are asking where we go from here, follow his lead.” Former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also issued this statement: “John Lewis gave all he had to redeem America’s unmet promise of equality and justice for all, and to create a place for us to build a more perfect union together.”


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