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We lost John Lewis (D-Ga) tonight. I have no words to describe my sorrow or the loss we suffered.

So this article will be short.

Lewis passed after a short but intense battle with pancreatic cancer.

He stepped up to join other civil rights leaders in 1961, when he was one of the first Freedom Riders. In 1963, he spoke at the March on Washington. In 1965, he was savagely beaten by racists during a march in Selma, Alabama.

His SNCC colleague, Courtland Cox, said of Rep. Lewis:

In the face of what John considered the evils of segregation, he was fearless.

He served in Congress for decades, consistently fighting for the rights of African-Americans and for democracy as a whole. He fought for right and justice for every human being everywhere. He was among the best America has to offer.

I lack the heart to write more. Let some of our best speak instead.

From 2015:

And from Rep. Lewis himself:

Godspeed, sir. You have all the love in our hearts and your family and friends have our prayers and our well wishes.

 

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