In breaking news, Civil Rights icon John Lewis has died aged 80.
Full story below…
Lewis is widely remembered for being the protege of Martin Luther King Jr and the youngest of the Big Six civil rights leaders.
His bloody beating at the hands of Alabama state troopers in 1965 was considered a major turning point in the collective push back against racism.
Arrested over 45 times for what he always called “good trouble,” Lewis is renowned for fighting for the voiceless; indeed, he was elected to Congress in 1986 and served until his passing.
His cause of death is pancreatic cancer, which he described saying “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”
Congressman Lewis was also the focus of Dawn Porter’s recent documentary ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble.’
Rest in peace to Lewis, a pioneer of pioneers.