Now that the beloved civil rights icon and Georgia congressman has been laid to rest, GPB News takes a look back on his final journey from his boyhood home in Troy, Alabama, to one last crossing of the Edmund Pettus bridge with stops at the Alabama Capitol and the nation’s Capitol along the way, before heading back to Georgia for his service at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
The late Congressman and civil rights legend was honored by three presidents and hundreds of mourners in Atlanta.
When asked in an interview whether he found the late civil rights icon impressive, Trump claims to have done more for Black Americans than anybody else.
"He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals," former President Barack Obama said of the longtime congressman and civil rights legend.
"Naming it the John Lewis Voting Rights Act — that is a fine tribute," former President Barack Obama said. "But John wouldn't want us to stop there."
John Lewis embodied his fraternity's motto "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity.”
The late Georgia congressman's body lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda. The public viewing for the "conscience of the Congress" is being held outside through Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In 1965, John Lewis was nearly killed as he led a group of protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to protest racial discrimination in voting. On Sunday, his body crossed that bridge one last time.
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