Remembering John Lewis
John Lewis, longtime Georgia congressman and American civil rights legend, died on Friday at the age of 80.
Lewis announced last December that he had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now,” Lewis said, which is saying something because Lewis had been fighting for justice his entire life.
In 1965, Lewis led the famous march of 600 protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, to demand voting rights. Lewis’s skull was fractured by police in what came to be known as Bloody Sunday. He was 25 at the time.
John Lewis: “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something, to say something, and not be quiet.”