Lewis, who was first elected in 1986 to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, died on July 17 at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
His death came at a time of reckoning across the United States over racial injustice ignited by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
- My brothers and sisters are charged to keep he had, then that was a god to glorify, a never-dying soul to save and fit him for the sky, to serve this present age. How did he serve? By getting in trouble, as he said, good trouble. By making a way that we would have a right to vote. Thank you, Congressman John Lewis, for getting in good trouble for all of us.