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Moments You May Have Missed From Congressman John Lewis’ Capitol Memorial

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A week full of memorial services have been scheduled to honor the late longtime congressman/civil rights leader John R. Lewis leading up to his funeral in Atlanta this Thursday. Here are the moments you may have missed from his memorial held at the US capitol inside…

The nation lost a hero on July 17th when U.S. Representative/civil rights icon John R. Lewis passed away at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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!

John Lewis’ Family has scheduled a week-long celebration of his life leading up to his funeral on Thursday that will be held at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first sermon in 1947.

After a public memorial at Troy University’s Trojan Arena and Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma, John Lewis’ body made its way to a private ceremony held inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda with the theme “Conscience of the Congress.”  He's only the fourth black American, and second black lawmaker after Rep. Elijah Cummings, to lie in State at the Capitol.

 

 

The hearse carrying John Lewis’ hearse and motorcade made several stops at important sites in Washington, D.C, before arriving at the U.S. Capitol for the civil rights icon to lie in state. The places visited included, The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Black Lives Matter Plaza, the Lincoln Memorial, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi eulogized her long time friend, growing emotional while talking about how he gave up his life for the betterment of the black community.

"We knew that he always worked on the side of the angels, and now we know that he is with them," she said. "When he made his speech (at the March on Washington) 57 years ago, he was the youngest speaker. How fitting it is that in the final days of his life, he summoned the strength to acknowledge the young people peacefully protesting in the same spirit of that march, taking up the unfinished work of racial justice. Helping complete the journey begun more than 55 years ago," she said.

Following Nancy Pelosi’s speech, words from John Lewis' 2014 Emory University commencement speech.

Peep the clip below:

Former Vice President/presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden paid their respects yesterday:

 

 

You can watch the full ceremony below:

Notably absent from the ceremonies was President Donald Trump. On Monday, Trump announced he was not attending the memorial services at the Capitol. And honestly, that was for the best.  However, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife paid their respects.

Just before the ceremonies, the House reportedly passed a bill to establish a new federal commission to study conditions that affect Black men and boys.

On Sunday...

 

 

John Lewis' body crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge for the last time on a horse-drawn carriage before an automobile hearse transported him to the Alabama Capitol. He was escorted by Alabama state troopers - with Black officers in their ranks. You'll recall, John Lewis and others were beaten on the bridge in 1965 during a voting rights march, which was a pivotal event in the US civil rights movement. Now, there's a push to rename the bridge in his honor.

After the memorial service at the Capitol, John's body was moved on the Capitol’s east side in public view. Visitors lined up outside the Capitol to pay their respects to the civil rights icon. Mr. Lewis' body will return to Georgia before his private funeral Thursday at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which MLK once led.

May he continue to rest in power!

 

Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock.com

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