Died legendary fighter for the rights of African Americans John Lewis

In the United States died a famous civil rights activist John Lewis. Black activist who, along with Martin Luther king was part of the “Big six” leaders of the movement against racism and segregation, and in maturity became a Congressman, was 80 years old.

Together with the king, he in 1963 was the organising of the March on Washington, a key event in the history of African Americans defending their rights.

Rest in Power to the Civil Rights icon, John Lewis. ✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/R0afYhQdAy

— AFRICAN & BLACK HISTORY (@africanarchives) July 18, 2020

According to BBC News, the cause of death of the legislator, who represented in the Congress of the GA, became a malignant tumor of the pancreas. Lewis was IV, the last stage.

the struggle with the disease he led fearlessly as he lived. “I’m almost your whole life had something to fight for: freedom, equality, for basic human rights, but as it is now, the battle I never had” — said the democratic Congressman on the occurrence of cancer.

the Memory of John Lewis honored by many prominent politicians, including his party colleague, 44th President Barack Obama. “When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged Lewis for the inauguration before to take an oath, and said to him: “I’m only here because of the sacrifices You had to bring”, — quotes the only African-American President to the publication the Hill.

“When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made.” https://t.co/3JtvLgiN7N

— The Hill (@thehill) October 18, 2020

a New round of struggle against racism takes place in America right now. Activists organize protests under the slogan Black Lives Matter!” (“Black lives matter!”).

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