John Lewis, US Congress

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John Robert Lewis

Birthplace: Troy, Pike County, Alabama, United States
Death: July 17, 2020 (80)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States (Pancreatic cancer )
Place of Burial: 1990 Jonesboro Road Southeast, Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, 30315, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Eddie Lewis and Willie Mae Lewis
Husband of Lillian Lewis
Father of Private
Brother of Ora Lee Crawley; Private; Private; Private; Private and 4 others

Occupation: Apostle of nonviolence
Managed by: Kevin Lawrence Hanit
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About John Lewis, US Congress

He put it this way on Twitter in 2018:

“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.”

John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 — July 17, 2020) was an American politician and civil rights leader. He was the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, and was serving in his 17th term in the House until his death, having served since 1987, and was the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. The district he served includes the northern three-fourths of Atlanta. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Lewis, who as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington, played many key roles in the Civil Rights Movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. He was a member of the Democratic Party leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and had served from 1991 until death as a Chief Deputy Whip and Senior Chief Deputy Whip from 2003 to his death.

Lewis had been awarded many honorary degrees and was the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the highest civilian honor of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On December 29, 2019, it was announced that Lewis was receiving treatment for stage IV pancreatic cancer. Lewis died on July 17, 2020.

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John Lewis, US Congress's Timeline

February 21, 1940
Troy, Pike County, Alabama, United States
July 17, 2020
Age 80
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States
July 30, 2020
Age 80
Atlanta, Fulton County, GA, United States