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He first came to prominence as a civil rights leader in the 1960s.

"John Lewis' life is an inspiration to all who wonder how change happens historically, and how individuals can influence and shape movements". "President Uhuru wished God's comfort to the family of the Congressman, members of his Democratic Party and his supporters during this hard period of grief", State House said in a statement.

Lewis was a recipient of the 2017 John Hope Franklin Award from Diverse.

Last December, Democratic Congressman John Lewis re-introduced "Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act" that affirmed India-US friendship and proposed to establish a bilateral partnership for collaboration to advance the development and shared values.

Rep. John Lewis, who became a monumental figure in the civil rights movement and later a US congressman, passed away on Friday night.

In Alabama, where Lewis was savagely beaten during the "Bloody Sunday" march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965, he was hailed a "beloved Civil Rights leader" by the current governor, Kay Ivey, successor to segregationist George Wallace who oversaw the police attack.

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A select group of Georgia Democrats sifted through 131 applications to decide who will replace Lewis on the ballot in a district which includes parts of Atlanta.

That's the kind of impact John Lewis had on people, on me.

In 2009, John Lewis led a congressional delegation to India to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's historic journey to India to retrace the steps of Mahatma Gandhi. He caused trouble for a conflicted congress, once elected.

"Nobody could possibly fill the shoes of Congressman Lewis", Williams said. His passing leaves a tremendous void in the civil rights movement. "Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble", McDonald wrote, quoting Lewis. "As I said on Saturday morning, there is a hole in the heart of America". Before he passed, he was witness to a recommitment made by millions of Americans and people in nations around the world that Black Lives Matter.

Lewis is survived by his son, John-Miles Lewis. Referencing Lewis' work marching "for us all", Cook suggests "His life's work shaped our history and his legacy inspires us to continue the march for racial equality and justice".