Kagame pays tribute to USA civil rights icon John Lewis

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Obama, in his tribute, recalled his own, very different inauguration experience with Lewis, when Obama became the nation's first Black president.

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said: "I know of no man with more courage than John Lewis". Even in his old age, to stand up for the rights of all Americans.

Praise for Lewis also came in from some Republicans, including those who have blocked his legislative causes, including a pending bill to renew the Voting Rights Act.

"John is an American hero who helped lead a movement and risked his life for our most fundamental rights; he bears scars that attest to his indefatigable spirit and persistence", House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said in December 2019 after Lewis announced his cancer diagnosis.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the lowering of the US and Michigan flags in honor of Congressman John Lewis.

"In the Congress, John Lewis was revered and beloved on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol". Memorial in Washington, DC.

She referred to him as the "Conscience of the Congress".

"How could someone in flesh and blood be so courageous, so full of hope and love in the face of so much hate, violence, and vengeance?"

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"The Nashville sit-ins became the first mass arrest in the sit-in movement, and I was taken to jail", Lewis said. When I saw him, I couldn't help but think one thing: "'I haven't done enough.' May his life and legacy inspire every one of us to strive for justice, equality and what is right".

"My greatest fear is that one day we may wake up and our democracy is gone", Lewis, 80, says in the film. We never thought back then that we would be successful enough in the movement to both end up serving in Congress together. "He warned us not to get lost in despair". He spoke at the landmark March on Washington in 1963, where Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, and marched for voting rights in Alabama in 1965. We can not give out. He continued his work in Congress despite his illness and as he received treatment.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, echoed the sentiment, calling Lewis an "American hero".

To this point, perhaps the only good thing that can be said about 2020 is the fact that it's halfway over.

"The people of Atlanta often called upon Congressman Lewis for counsel, guidance, and assistance with getting into good trouble".

(CNN)John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime United States congressman, has died after a six-month battle with cancer.

"Dr. King famously said 'the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' But progress is not automatic", McConnell said in a statement.

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