Member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia, the famous fighter for the rights of black people John Lewis has died at the age of 80. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced this, CNN reports.
“Today America is mourning the loss of one of the greatest heroes in American history, who was the conscience of Congress,” Pelosi said in a statement.
In December 2019, the politician was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, but he promised to continue to represent his district in Congress.
In 2010, then President Barack Obama presented Lewis with the Medal of Freedom. In the White House message, he was called the hero of America and the titan of the human rights movement.
Lewis was considered one of the most prominent black rights activists and the leader of the civil rights movement. He was one of the organizers of the famous March to Washington, which was led in 1963 by Martin Luther King. He entered Congress for the first time in 1987 and since then has held this elective office 17 times in a row.