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Barack Obama delivers powerful eulogy at John Lewis funeral

Civil Rights Legend Rep. John Lewis Passes Away At 80

Former U.S. president Barack Obama addressed mourners at Thursday’s funeral for civil rights icon John Lewis, honouring the life of the late congressman in a powerful eulogy. Obama described Lewis’ civil rights legacy, and said that although his faith was tested “again and again,” he was “a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance.”

“He not only embraced that responsibility, but he made it his life’s work,” the former president said.

“John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America.”

Obama also referenced the 2020 U.S. presidential election and current anti-racism protests across the country, saying “there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting,” and “undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election.”

“John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy.” He continued.

Obama added that Lewis knew “that the fate of this democracy depends on how we use it, that democracy isn’t automatic- it has to be nurtured.”

The funeral for Lewis was held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, capping off a six-day celebration of life honouring the congressman.

Lewis died on July 17 at the age of 80.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++‘I Stood on His Shoulders’: Barack Obama Remembers and Tributes John Lewis


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On Saturday, former President Barack Obama gave props to now late Congressman and civil rights legend John Lewis and his “enormous impact” on America’s history.

Obama recollected that his election as the first Black president was possible because of the sacrifices of John Lewis.
“I first met John when I was in law school, and I told him then that he was one of my heroes. Years later, when I was elected a U.S. Senator, I told him that I stood on his shoulders,” Obama wrote in a statement following Lewis’ death. “When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made.”
Obama said Lewis “never stopped providing wisdom and encouragement to me” and former first lady Michelle, and their family. “We will miss him dearly,” he said.

As we reported Lewis, a Democrat who served as the US representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for more than three decades, died Friday at the age of 80 after a six-month battle with cancer.

He was a Freedom Rider in the early 1960s, a keynote speaker at the historic 1963 March on Washington, and helped lead a march in 1965 for voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where he and other marchers were brutally beaten by police.

Lewis had described attending Obama’s 2009 inauguration as an “out-of-body” experience.

“When we were organizing voter-registration drives, going on the Freedom Rides, sitting in, coming here to Washington for the first time, getting arrested, going to jail, being beaten, I never thought — I never dreamed — of the possibility that an African American would one day be elected president of the United States,” he said at the time.

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Comment by VeryGoodD on August 1, 2020 at 2:31am

The passing of this Great "Civil Rights" Giant is truly a wake up call to not just the Black folks of America, but to all races that are being disrespected, cheated on and being denied of their voting rights.  We as folks still living should not shy away from voicing our opinion and "Stand Up For Our Rights" by the Great Bob Marley.  Everybody should wake up and stop taking things for granted.  After 401 years in the United States; still being cheated on, disregarded, lied on, killed like flies, built this country with our sweats and labor, and I can go on an on; but I will just urge our folks to PLEASE, get out and V-O-T-E big time like you never voted before; no excuses.  Congressman John Robert Lewis fought for 60+ years with other Civil Right Icons to get out and cast your vote.  What is happening is no joke, especially what we've witness the past 3 1/2 years of RUSSIA sowing bad seeds, causing commotion among us.  Folks that do not like to read about HISTORY should immediately start reading, researching and fighting for our rights and preservation of DEMOCRACY.  May the soul of Congressman John Robert Lewis Rest In Peace.

Comment by caribmama on July 21, 2020 at 12:56pm

RIP Soldier! Thank you for all that you have done for the cause. :-(

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