It is quite a big blow on the fight against racial injustice as one of America’s fiery civil rights activists John Lewis passed on at the age of 80 years on July 17, 2020, after battling with cancer for six months. Regrettably, he died the same day as civil rights leader, Rev. Cordy Tindell Vivian, who was 95.
John Lewis is a US Representative who fought very vigorously for racial justice and got himself in good trouble on several occasions. He was the youngest person to speak at the 1963 March on Washington. Up till his old age, Lewis has been seen lending his voice against racism even as he struggled to walk on his own and literally had to be held on both sides. He has also reportedly called US President Donald Trump a racist. But speaking on his death, Trump tweeted that he was “saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to him and his family.”
John Lewis’ family also wrote:
“It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis,
“He was honored and respected as the conscience of the US Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother. He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed.”
Speaking on John Lewis’ death, presidential aspirant and former Vice President to former President Barack Obama, Joe Biden said he spoke to Lewis before some days before his death. Biden said:
“His voice still commanded respect and his laugh was still full of joy. Instead of answering our concerns for him, he asked about us. He asked us to stay focused on the work left undone to heal this nation.”
Former US Presidents such as Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and others have also poured in tributes to the late John Lewis. What a loss of a great man!
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