Popular OnDish Nation
Explore Dish Nation
Celebs
Exclusive
Movies
TV
Sports
Music
Viral
Explore Hosts
Atlanta
Los Angeles
Get The Dish Watch Now Meet The Hosts Dish Podcast Dish Gifs
Get The Dish
Watch Now
Meet The Hosts
DishCelebsDishInstagramDishNews
VIOLA DAVIS, BARACK OBAMA, PORSHA WILLIAMS, NANCY PELOSI & MORE MOURN THE LOSS OF CIVIL RIGHTS ICON, REP. JOHN LEWIS
Saturday, Jul 18, 2020

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

Rep. John Robert Lewis, longtime congressman, civil rights icon and one of the original thirteen Freedom Riders, passed away on Friday after a battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. Known for his unwavering stance against systemic racism, Lewis fought fearlessly on the frontlines against the Jim Crow segregation laws, helped organize the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous I Have A Dream speech and was one of it’s last surviving speakers.

Between 1960 and 1966, Lewis was arrested more than 40 times and had the infamous mugshots to prove it. With a smirk of pride spread across his face as he got into “good trouble,” he continued to fight for freedom despite being battled, bloodied, bruised and almost losing his life on a bridge in Selma, Alabama during the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march that he led alongside fellow activist, Hosea Williams.

A mug shot of civil rights activist and politician John Lewis, following his arrest in Jackson, Mississippi for using a restroom reserved for ‘white’ people during the Freedom Ride demonstration against racial segregation, 24th May 1961. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)

 

Lewis, son of sharecroppers, would not only imprint an indelible mark on the civil rights movement, but would later transmute his tenacity for freedom in politics. Coined as the “conscience of Congress,” the Democrat served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district since 1986. As a respected and revered rebel against racism, many celebrities such as Viola Davis, Barack Obama, Ava Duvernay, and Nancy Pelosi are paying their respects to the fallen freedom fighter. 

 

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

My eyes are closed my friend, mentor, teacher, leader…..picturing your approach to the front Gates of Heaven. I’m envisioning your ever cool saunter….full of the utmost confidence: when a man feels he has pleased God. I can see you at 11….as you shared with me this being the age you found your good trouble. I can see the next 69 years….& EVERY ounce of love, time, patience, grit, passion, joy, pain, wisdom, hope, mercy, grace, belief, servitude, blood, sweat, tears, yourSELF you’d GIVE. Only asking in return for PEACE & EQUALITY & JUSTICE. My eyes are closed & i can smell the roses……God opening the doors & saying “My Warrior of a Son/SUN….You perfectly LIVED.” & i’d add: You did for ALL of US! I miss you already HERO. To be embraced & loved & respected by You King John & King Ali the way i was & always will be…….is THE Image Award, Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe & Grammy ALL wrapped into ONE. You were & are THE ONE. #ALLroomsWereBetterWhenYouEntered #TheWorldLosTaMoses #HeavenGaineDaSaint #ResTinYourPower #YourFaceIsNextToTheDefinition

A post shared by Omari Hardwick (@omarihardwickofficial) on

Lewis passed away on the same day as fellow civil rights leader and freedom rides organizer, CT Vivian. He was 95 years old.

 

We send our deepest condolences to the lives and legacies of Rep. John Lewis and CT Vivian. May their lifelong work live on in the hearts of all.

Explore More
More Dish
More Entertaining Dish
Load More Dish
KICK BACK AND WATCH
Dish Nation
Anywhere
Watch Dish Nation at home or on the go. Find us on various platforms and services.
Learn More


@endphp