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US John Lewis memorial services honoring civil rights hero begin today in Alabama

17:55  25 july  2020
17:55  25 july  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

After cancer: US civil rights activist John Lewis died

 After cancer: US civil rights activist John Lewis died © picture alliance / dpa Barack Obama (back), then President of the United States, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to John Lewis, civil rights leader, US MP in the East Hall of the White House. American civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis died on Friday (local time) at the age of 80.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday and Sunday in honor of Lewis . During the nearly weeklong memorial events, Lewis ' body will lie in state at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta and the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Memorials for Rep. John Lewis , the civil rights leader and longtime lawmaker, have poured in since his July 17 death. The latest honor comes out of Lewis was a champion of the Civil Rights movement, and our Board strongly believes this is an appropriate tribute to an individual who is a true

The life of Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement and longtime Georgia congressman, will be celebrated over six days in five cities, beginning Saturday in Troy, Alabama, where he was born.

Lewis, a son of Alabama sharecroppers who rose to become the "conscience of Congress" in his role representing Atlanta in the House of Representatives, died July 17 after a monthslong battle with cancer. He was 80.

His body will be brought Saturday morning from an Atlanta funeral home to his hometown in Alabama for a service at Troy University that four of his siblings are expected to attend and where gospel singer Dottie Peoples will perform

Clyburn renews calls to rename Selma bridge after John Lewis

  Clyburn renews calls to rename Selma bridge after John Lewis The Edmund Pettus Bridge is named after a Confederate general who was a KKK leader.Among those supporting efforts to name the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma after Lewis is his close friend and colleague Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C.

Troy service begins final celebration of Lewis ' life - The Troy Messenger. How to attend or watch events honoring John Lewis in Alabama . John Lewis will be honored at several events in Civil rights hero John Lewis will make a final trip from Selma to Montgomery, where he will be honored

John Lewis -- a civil rights and voting rights icon known as the "conscience of the U.S. Congress" It's part of a six-day celebration of life paying tribute to his legacy beginning on Saturday in his A public service celebrating "The Boy from Troy" will take place Saturday morning at Troy University

John Lewis wearing a suit and tie: Image: FILE: U.S Rep. John Lewis Dies At 80 (Melina Mara / Pool via Getty Images file) © Provided by NBC News Image: FILE: U.S Rep. John Lewis Dies At 80 (Melina Mara / Pool via Getty Images file)

The man who famously urged activists to get into "good trouble" will lie in repose at the university until a service Saturday night at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Selma, Alabama. The church served as the starting point for the voting rights march to Montgomery on March 7, 1965.

Lewis was beaten bloody and suffered a skull fracture when the marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge and were met by some 150 Alabama state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, and posse men, who ordered the demonstrators to disperse. That day earned the moniker "Bloody Sunday," and images of Lewis being beaten by police in riot gear helped push congressional passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year.

On Sunday morning, Lewis will cross the bridge a final time.

The tribute to his life and accomplishments will continue over the next several days in Montgomery, Alabama and Washington, D.C. before he returns to Atlanta, where Lewis will be interred Thursday.

Civil rights icon John Lewis to be eulogized by Obama at funeral .
Civil rights icon John Lewis to be eulogized by Obama at funeralFormer President Barack Obama is scheduled to give the eulogy for Lewis, who died on July 17 at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are also slated to speak.

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