Congressman John Lewis, the last of the great pioneers of the fight for civil rights in the United States, passed away this Friday at the age of 80 after he had succumbed to pancreatic cancer diagnosed last December. House of Representatives democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , has announced.
The Georgian representative and advocate of peaceful activism was the last survivor of the six main organizers of the historic march for black people’s rights in Washington DC. 1963 was the scene of the speech “I have a dream” by the civil rights leader Martin Luther King together with A. Philip Randolph, John Farmer, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young and King himself.
Lewis also took part in another march that went down in history, that of Selma in Alabama in 1965, where he was seriously injured in the head by a blow he was hit by a police officer during the attack. of security forces against assistants on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
“John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights movement, whose friendliness, faith, and courage have changed our nation,” Pelosi applauded in his condolences to the country’s multiple political, social, and cultural activities.