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Politics Flags lowered to half-staff at the White House and Capitol to honor the late Rep. John Lewis

18:30  18 july  2020
18:30  18 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

John Lewis, civil rights icon and longtime congressman, dies

  John Lewis, civil rights icon and longtime congressman, dies After years of putting his body and his freedom on the line as an activist, he spent more than three decades in Congress.In December 2019, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

WASHINGTON – Flags have been lowered to half-staff at the Capitol and the White House as lawmakers honored Rep. Jonn Lewis' death.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill announced the lowering of flags at the Capitol in a Saturday morning tweet.

Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and `American hero'

  Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and `American hero' WASHINGTON (AP) — People paid great heed to John Lewis for much of his life in the civil rights movement. But at the very beginning — when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday — his audience didn’t care much for what he had to say. A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young Lewis first preached moral righteousness to his family’s chickens. His place in the vanguard of the 1960s campaign for Black equality had its roots in that hardscrabble Alabama farm and all those clucks.

"Speaker Pelosi has ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol to be flown at half-staff due to the passing of Congressman John Lewis," Hammill wrote.

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The flag at the White House was lowered to half-staff as well, though President Donald Trump had not yet made a statement on Lewis' death as of mid-morning Saturday.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany issued a statement on Twitter Saturday morning hailing the late congressman as an "icon of the civil rights movement" with an "enduring legacy that will never be forgotten."

John Lewis wearing a suit and tie: Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon, diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer © AP Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon, diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer

More: Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon who began pushing for racial justice in the Jim Crow south, has died

How the Black Lives Matter generation remembers John Lewis

  How the Black Lives Matter generation remembers John Lewis Of all the ways that John Lewis influenced American life and politics, his indelible impact on young people may be among the most enduring. From student activist to elder statesman, Lewis continually encouraged the nation's youth to start “good trouble” — and modeled just how to do that. © Provided by Associated Press In this June 7, 2020 photo provided by the Executive Office of District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, John Lewis looks over a section of 16th Street that's been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington. The Washington Monument and the White House are visible in the distance.

Trump arrived this morning at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

Lewis, who was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in December last year, died Friday night at the age of 80.

In 2017, Trump lashed out at Lewis, accusing him of being "all talk...no action or results," after the congressman said he would skip Trump's inauguration and considered Trump an illegitimate president because of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Flags lowered to half-staff at the White House and Capitol to honor the late Rep. John Lewis


Video: Remembering Rep. John Lewis: Tributes pour in for civil rights leader (TODAY)

'I love you, brother.' Lawmakers remember Rep. John Lewis' friendship and advice .
Whenever Rep. Tony Cardenas spoke with Lewis, he'd say, “I love you, brother,” knowing that Lewis would say it back, “and with all his heart mean it."They marveled at the gentle spirit of the Democratic congressman from Georgia and wondered why the abuse he suffered as a civil rights leader hadn't made him bitter. Their own spirits were lifted as they marched with Lewis on the anniversaries of Bloody Sunday or watched him spend countless hours talking to young people about the lessons of the past and the work that still needs to be done.

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