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US Civil rights icon John Lewis to be eulogized by Obama at funeral

18:07  30 july  2020
18:07  30 july  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - The life and legacy of longtime U.S. Representative John Lewis will be honored by three former presidents at his funeral on Thursday in Atlanta, capping a week of services and tributes to the civil rights pioneer.

Barack Obama holding a suitcase: FILE PHOTO: Obama embraces Lewis before their remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama © Reuters/Jonathan Ernst FILE PHOTO: Obama embraces Lewis before their remarks at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama

Former 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.

Obama to eulogize John Lewis as former presidents attend civil rights icon's funeral

  Obama to eulogize John Lewis as former presidents attend civil rights icon's funeral Former President Barack Obama will give the eulogy at US Rep. John Lewis' funeral on Thursday and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will attend the service, according to sources familiar with the former presidents' plans.Former President Barack Obama will give the eulogy at US Rep. John Lewis' funeral on Thursday and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will attend the service, according to sources familiar with the former presidents' plans.

The funeral is set to begin at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) at Ebenezer Baptist Church, a historic church in Atlanta where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., a leader of the Black civil rights movement, once preached. King was assassinated in 1968.

Lewis, an Alabama sharecropper's son who strove for equality for Blacks in an America grappling with racial bigotry and segregation, was a fiercely determined champion of nonviolent protest and was inspired by King.

Lewis was first elected in 1986 to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. His death came at a time of reckoning across the United States over racial injustice, with widespread protests condemning unequal police treatment of Black Americans and institutions removing or renaming tributes to former leaders of the pro-slavery Confederacy.

(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta and Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; diting by Jonathan Oatis)

Trump: Obama's eulogy of John Lewis a 'terrible,' 'angry' speech .
President Trump on Wednesday criticized former President Barack Obama's eulogy of the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), calling it a "terrible" and "angry speech" after his predecessor made a plea for lawmakers to strengthen voting rights."I thought it was a terrible speech. It was an angry speech. It showed this anger there that people don't see," Trump said on "Fox & Friends" when asked if he agreed the eulogy "seemed like a campaign speech."""I thought it was a terrible speech. It was an angry speech. It showed this anger there that people don't see," Trump said on "Fox & Friends" when asked if he agreed the eulogy "seemed like a campaign speech.

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