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John Lewis: American statesman and civil rights leader
John Robert Lewis was an American statesman and civil rights leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966.

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There’s Another Runoff in Georgia, and the Winner Gets a Month in Congress

The winner of Tuesday’s runoff will have the distinction of succeeding John Lewis, a giant of the civil rights era, and closing out what would have been the final days of his 17th term in Congress.
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Rep. Jim Clyburn: John Lewis would never say "defund the police"

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn joined CBSN to discuss his reaction to President-elect Joe Biden's victory, why he believes fear of socialism cost some House Democrats their seats, and why the late..
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Nashville street renamed after late civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis

The Metro Council voted on change to rename part of 5th Avenue North to Rep. John Lewis Way Thursday night.
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Calf born in slaughterhouse nursed back to health

John Lewis the calf arrived at The Gentle Barn as an orphan sick with pneumonia. Jay and Ellie moved him into their living room to save his life.
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Seven candidates are vying to fill John Lewis’s seat in a special election.


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President Trump spotlights Immigration; Rep. John Lewis dances to "Happy"
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John Lewis and the power of our vote

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham says the civil rights icon wanted citizens to use their votes as a means to rebuild America "in the image of God and democracy."
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Meet the young women leading the modern fight for civil rights

The civil rights movement of the 1960s had giants like John Lewis and MLK at its helm. Today's movement is characterized by young female activists commanding the microphone in a way they never have..
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How the killings of Emmett Till and George Floyd sparked 2 movements 65 years apart

In an editorial written by Congressman John Lewis and published on the day of his funeral, the longtime civil rights activist wrote “Emmett Till was my George Floyd.” The horror of both killings,..
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Democratic National Convention pays tribute to John Lewis

John Legend and Common performed "Glory" following a video tribute to Congressman John Lewis, who died in July. The video featured prerecorded comments by Georgia Senate candidate Reverend Raphael..
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Atlanta's mayor calls for huge voter turnout

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has invoked the legacy of civil rights icon John Lewis as she encourages people to vote. (Aug. 20)  
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Relief for COVID-19 and democracy: Mobilize for USPS and voting support in next bill

John Lewis endured savage beatings to defend the right to vote. Our challenge to corporate leaders is much less daunting: Just dial your phone.
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The lessons of Nelson Mandela

Bob Schieffer, Colin Powell and Rep. John Lewis on what the anti-apartheid fighter and South African president taught the world.
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On voting rights, let's finish what my dad, Lyndon Johnson, and John Lewis started.

I beamed behind my father and marched beside John Lewis when they took a stand for justice for all Americans. Their efforts can only be the beginning.
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Trump on John Lewis' legacy: "He didn't come to my inauguration"

"He should have come," Mr. Trump told Axios. "I think he made a big mistake."
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Bill Maher talks cancel culture and John Lewis with authors of Harper's open 'letter on justice'

Bari Weiss and Thomas Chatterton Williams appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday to discuss their Harper's letter on cancel culture.
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Voting Rights Act was John Lewis' life's work. 55 years later, minority voter suppression remains

55 years after the Voting Rights Act was signed, advocates say a Supreme Court decision paved the way for the return of minority voter suppression.
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Clinton, Bush say John Lewis lived his faith

John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning...
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Barack Obama pays tribute to John Lewis at funeral

Former President Barack Obama used Rep. John Lewis' funeral on Thursday to issue a stark warning that the voting rights and equal opportunity the late civil rights icon championed are threatened..
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Former President Jimmy Carter sends letter to be read at John Lewis' funeral

Former President Jimmy Carter said Georgians remember John Lewis as a "neighbor, friend and representative."  
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Tybre Faw met his hero two years ago. Today, the 12-year-old read John Lewis' favorite poem at his funeral.

Tybre Faw, 12, read John Lewis' favorite poem, "Invictus," at the late congressman's funeral in Atlanta Thursday.
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Former president Bill Clinton remembers John Lewis as working for his 'beloved community'

Former President Bill Clinton remembered John Lewis as a man who worked for his community.  
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Here's the latest for Thursday July 30th: U.S. economy suffers steep quarterly plunge; NASA rover heads for Mars; Funeral today for Congressman John Lewis; Rare red panda born in Berlin zoo.  
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'He believed in America': Former president George W. Bush remembers John Lewis

Former President George W. Bush remembers civil rights icon John Lewis believing in the Lord, humanity and America.  
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Rep. John Lewis funeral honors civil rights icon

Former President Barack Obama will give the eulogy for Rep. John Lewis. Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will attend the service.  
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'Emmett Till was my George Floyd,' John Lewis says in posthumous New York Times op-ed

The late Rep. John Lewis published an op-ed in the New York Times Thursday morning, the day of his funeral service in Atlanta.
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Civil rights icon John Lewis will be buried Thursday in Atlanta with three former presidents in attendance

The funeral and burial will mark the end of a series of events that have honored John Lewis in Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Alabama.
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Atlanta Mourns John Lewis and Ponders Carrying on With ‘Good Trouble’

The congressman and civil rights leader preached in support of nonviolent resistance, a message that some say must live on in his absence.
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Civil rights icon John Lewis to lie in state at Georgia Capitol; private funeral is Thursday

The public will be allowed to view the body and two ceremonies will honor him Wednesday. On Thursday, there is a private funeral in Atlanta.
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John Lewis: A final day of tribute in Washington as some lawmakers push to honor legacy through voting rights bill

John Lewis will lie in state in the Capitol for a second day Tuesday, giving the public time to pay respects before his funeral in Georgia.
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Joe Biden among those honoring Rep. John Lewis

Joe Biden was among many at the US Capitol on Monday honoring the late Democratic Rep. John Lewis. A long-time Georgia lawmaker and icon of the civil rights movement, Rep. Lewis died July 17 at the age..
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Family travels to honor Rep. John Lewis in person

People traveled to the United States Capitol to honor the late John Lewis by seeing the congressman's casket and paying their respects in person. (July 27)  
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Congressional leaders pay respects to Rep. Lewis

At a ceremony in the US Capitol rotunda, Lawmakers paid tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis, a long-time Georgia lawmaker and icon of the civil rights movement. (July 27)  
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Donald Trump says he won't attend John Lewis' memorial services

"No, I won't be going, no," Trump said when asked if he'll pay respects to Lewis on Monday as he departed for a trip to North Carolina.
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Casket of Rep. John Lewis arrives at US Capitol

The casket carrying the body of the late Rep. John Lewis arrived at the U.S. Capitol Monday afternoon. He will lie in state before his private funeral in Atlanta on Thursday. (July 27)  
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John Lewis Is the First Black Lawmaker to Lie in State in the Capitol Rotunda

The pandemic has dictated an unusual public mourning process for the civil rights icon. He will lie in state briefly under the Capitol dome and then move outside so the public can pay respects safely.
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John Lewis: The 'conscience of Congress' returns to the Capitol one last time to lie in state

Civil rights icon John Lewis will lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda, his casket resting on the same wooden platform used for Abraham Lincoln.
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She was 13 when a beaten John Lewis arrived at her Alabama family's home, seeking refuge

Valda Harris Montgomery's parents opened their door to Lewis and the other Freedom Riders in 1961. She said watching Alabama honor him was "surreal."
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'I love you, brother.' Lawmakers remember Rep. John Lewis' friendship and advice

Whenever Rep. Tony Cardenas spoke with Lewis, he'd say, "I love you, brother," knowing that Lewis would say it back, "and with all his heart mean it."
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A nation John Lewis helped unite salutes him on his final journey across Selma bridge

The late U.S. Rep. John Lewis made a final journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a flag-draped casket. Troopers saluted.
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Final farewell: John Lewis makes last journey across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma

The March 7, 1965 bridge crossing was a pivotal demonstration in the fight for African-American suffrage.  
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Body of John Lewis makes final Selma bridge crossing

The late U.S. Rep. John Lewis has crossed Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge for the final time. A processional with his casket was carried Sunday across the bridge where he and other civil rights marchers..
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Selma Helped Define John Lewis’s Life. In Death, He Returns One Last Time.

The body of John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday, more than a half century after he helped change American history there.
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Veteran SNCC activists share memories of John Lewis

Members of Congress and veteran activists recount John Lewis' fight for voting rights and his impact on racial justices causes.
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Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered by fellow veterans: 'We had right on our side'

As John Lewis' life is celebrated in several cities, veterans of the civil rights movement, close friends and colleagues shared memorable moments.
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