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PAYING TRIBUTE: The Obamas, Oprah, Kamala Harris, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Ava DuVernay & More Continue To Salute Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

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Celebs flocked to social media after hearing about the passing of civil rights icon John Lewis, who passed away after a battle with cancer. Peep reactions from Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah, Kamala Harris, Mariah Carey and more…

2020 took another icon from us.

On July 17th, civil rights legend and United States Representative John Lewis died at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with https://www.theybf.com/2019/12/30/barack-obama-sends-out-prayers-for-rep... ">Stage IV pancreatic cancer in December 2019.

“I have been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now. This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis has been reconfirmed,” Rep. Lewis wrote announcing his diagnosis.

The nation suffered a huge lost when Congressman Lewis passed away over the weekend. Like he said, he has been fighting for freedom, equality, and basic human rights for the black community his entire life. Congressman Lewis – who represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for over 30 years - marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama and became one of the most famed civil rights leaders. Rep. Lewis was never scared and never backed down. From being beat down in Selma to going head-to-head against Donald Trump in recent years, Rep. Lewis was a fighter for equal change and he did so until his last breath. And for that, we are grateful!

After learning about his death, celebs flocked to social media to pay tribute and express their condolences to the Lewis Family.

Forever President Barack Obama and forever First Lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to the civil rights icon:




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I’ve spent the morning reading tributes to the extraordinary life and legacy of John Lewis. And I’m awed by the way that, in eight decades filled with such weight and consequence, he also managed to keep things simple and light. For him, the pursuit of lofty goals like justice and righteousness was about just doing what’s right. His epic life story rightly fills the pages of biographies and college textbooks, yet he also chose to publish it as a comic book. And even as he spent a lifetime marching, and sitting in, and getting arrested, his feet kept on dancing. Congressman Lewis shows us that while the struggle and pain is all too real, fighting for each other—and paving the way toward something better for our kids and grandkids—can and should be a source of real and lasting joy. May God bless his memory. And as we keep marching, may his defiant, delighted smile urge us onward.

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Media mogul Oprah, Sen. Kamala Harris, Mariah Carey, directress Ava DuVernay, John Legend, and tons more paid tribute to Rep. Lewis:


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Last week when there were false rumors of Congressman John Lewis’ passing, Gayle and I called and were able to speak with him. He sounded weak but was surprisingly more alert than we expected. I had a final chance to tell him what I’ve said every time I’ve been in his presence: “Thank you for your courage leading the fight for Freedom. My life as it is would not have been possible without you.” I know for sure he heard me. I felt good about that. He understood and was so gracious. This is one of his last interviews we recently did during the Covid quarantine about his new @johnlewisdoc #GoodTrouble. Thank you for showing us and teaching us what getting into “good trouble” looks like.

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May our fearless civil rights leader rest in peace!

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