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Presidents Obama, Clinton and more celebrate life of late Rep. John Lewis

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Past presidents, members of Congress and numerous celebrities delivered an outpouring of condolences and respect for Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a monumental figure in the …
Past presidents, members of Congress and numerous celebrities delivered an outpouring of condolences and respect for Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a monumental figure in the nation’s civil rights movement who passed away Friday.
Barack Obama praised Lewis,80, for the physical and emotional sacrifices he made for the US as an original Freedom Rider, March on Washington organizer and leader of the “Bloody Sunday” demonstration from Selma to Montgomery — during which a police officer broke Lewis’ skull during a beating.
“He loved this country so much that he risked his life and his blood so that it might live up to its promise,” Obama wrote in a statement posted to Medium.
“And through the decades, he not only gave all of himself to the cause of freedom and justice but inspired generations that followed to try to live up to his example.

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