Civil rights icon John Lewis dies at age 80

Civil rights icon John Lewis dies at age 80

(Atlanta) John Lewis, a leading advocate for the civil rights movement whose bloody beatings he received from Alabama police officers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who pursued a long and famous career in Congress, died. He was 80 years old.

John Lewis’ death was confirmed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a statement Friday evening.

John Lewis was the last survivor of the Big Six, civil rights activists led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

Former US President Barack Obama embraces John Lewis at an event commemorating 50 years of Selma’s march.

He was best known for leading 600 protesters in the bloody March 7, 1965 march in Selma, Alabama.

John Lewis was run over and beaten by state police. The television images drew the country’s attention to racial oppression. A Democrat of Atlanta, he won his seat in the United States House in 1986.

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