Congressman John Lewis and longtime civil rights ;leader died Friday at the age of 80. Lewis was the youngest leader of the 1963 March on Washington.He went on to serving as a congressman from Georgia and icon of the civil rights movement,
In December 2019, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
According to Politico.com, Lewis was a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis was a committed participant in some of the key moments of the movement — an original Freedom Rider in 1961, a principal speaker at the March on Washington in 1963, one of those brutally clubbed during a 1965 march in Selma, Ala. Through it all, he faced taunts, beatings and dozens of arrests.