John Robert Lewis, son of Sharecroppers who survived a beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama. John Robert Lewis died after six-month of battling cancer at the age of 80, he died.
“It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis,” said his family.”He was regarded and regarded as the still, small voice of the US Congress and a symbol of American history, however, we knew him as a caring dad and sibling. He was a robust victor in the on-going battle to request regard for the respect and worth of each person. He devoted as long as he can remember to peaceful activism and was a blunt promoter in the battle for equivalent equity in America. He will be profoundly missed.”
Lewis kicked the bucket on a similar day as social equality pioneer the Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, who was 95. The double passings of the social liberties symbols come as the country is as yet wrestling with racial change in the wake of the demise of George Floyd and the ensuing Black Lives Matter fights that have cleared the country.
It’s another catastrophe in a year loaded up with them, as America grieves the passings of almost 140,000 Americans from Covid-19 and battles to manage the infection.
“It is the power in the way of peace, the way of love,” Lewis said. “We must never, ever hate. The way of love is a better way.”