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Remembering John Lewis, civil rights icon and 'American hero'

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 23:19:57-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, has died. He was 80.

Lewis was the last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

He was best known for leading 600 protesters in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where he was knocked to the ground and beaten by state troopers. Televised images forced the country’s attention on racial oppression.

A Democrat from Atlanta, he won his U.S. House seat in 1986.

He was the recipient of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Read the full report from The Associated Press here.