NBC News reports:
Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who has been receiving hospice care, passed away at the age of 80 at his home in Atlanta on Friday. Lewis, a Democrat, played a key role in the civil rights movement and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. He was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, led by King Jr., who engineered one of the greatest moral protests in history.
Lewis was best known for leading some 600 protesters in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. At the head of the march, Lewis was knocked to the ground and beaten by Alabama state troopers. His skull was fractured. Televised images forced the country’s attention to racial oppression in the South. A Democrat from Atlanta, he won his U.S. House seat in 1986.
John Lewis was a giant among men. A Civil Rights Icon, an indefatigable champion for justice, and a hell raiser known for making ‘good trouble.’
In mourning his passing, let us aspire to build the nation that Congressman Lewis believed it could be.
May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/sDJ169T9bE
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 18, 2020
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) July 18, 2020
“I say to people today, ‘You must be prepared if you believe in something. If you believe in something, you have to go for it. As individuals, we may not live to see the end.’”
RIP to one of the best. John Lewis will go down as one of the best in our country’s history. pic.twitter.com/PlL7C1Sy89
— Nick Roberts (@Nick_Roberttss) July 18, 2020
“Find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.”
– Rep John Lewis 1940-2020 pic.twitter.com/MN3GWRwTy8
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) July 18, 2020
Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. #goodtrouble
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 27, 2018
— VOTE⋅org (@votedotorg) July 18, 2020