Legendary Congressman Dead at 80

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a former leading civil rights activist and symbol of the movement in the House of Representatives during his 33-year tenure, died Friday night.

Doctors diagnosed Lewis with pancreatic cancer late last year. He was 80.

Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers, was already a national figure when he first entered Congress in 1987.

The former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the keynote speakers at the historic March on Washington, Lewis established himself throughout his time on Capitol Hill as a leading advocate for the rights of minorities.

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