John Lewis (civil rights leader)

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John Lewis, US civil rights hero and congressman, dies at 80
Representative John Lewis
Representative John Lewis Credit: Susan Melkisethian (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

John Lewis, the US civil rights hero and US Democratic congressman has died at the age of 80 after a six-month battle with cancer.

Lewis, a son of sharecroppers, was the last survivor of the “Big Six” civil rights activists, a group led by Martin Luther King. He was best known for leading some 600 protesters in the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965.

Lewis was elected as the congressman for Georgia’s 5th district in 1987 and held the office until his death.