Civil Rights Leader and United States Congressman John Lewis has died at his home in Atlanta, Georgia. He had been receiving hospice care after a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Rep. Lewis was 80-years-old and had been serving in the House of Representatives since 1986.
Lewis pictured below with Martin Luther King Jr.
He was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr.
Lewis lead over 600 protesters in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
President Trump and John Lewis had a history of taking jabs at each other after Lewis boycotted Trump’s inauguration. Lewis called President Trump an “illegitimate president.” From the beginning, Lewis never gave President Trump a chance.
President-elect Donald Trump tweeted to Cong. John Lewis after Lewis claimed Trump isn’t a legitimate president:
Lewis made statements that ignited his base but divided Americans:
REP JOHN LEWIS spoke at an immigration rally in Atlanta in June of 2018 and sent out a very mixed message to the crowd. He began his speech by saying, “It’s time for some of us to get into good trouble…necessary trouble”. He then ramped the crowd up by saying, “We may have to turn America upside down to turn it right-side up,” Rep. The crowd went nuts.
Even though Lewis was influential in the civil rights movement, he had been accused of riding on the coattails of MLK Jr. Yes, he marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama, but did he help the people he represented?