#RIPJohnLewis: Legendary civil rights leader and longtime congressman passes away
John Lewis (Twitter screengrab)

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) passed away on Friday evening, according to multiple reports.


"John Lewis, who went from being the youngest leader of the 1963 March on Washington to a long-serving congressman from Georgia and icon of the civil rights movement, has died. He was 80," Politico reported. "As a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was a committed participant in some of the key moments of the movement — an original Freedom Rider in 1961, a principal speaker at the March on Washington in 1963, one of those brutally clubbed during a 1965 march in Selma, Ala. Through it all, he faced taunts, beatings and dozens of arrests."

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