Tributes have poured in from across the borough following the death of civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis on July 17. Lewis, who was born on Feb. 21, 1940, succumbed to Stage 4 pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

The outspoken Democratic congressman, who represented Georgia’s 5th district in the United States Congress for 34 uninterrupted years, was chairman of the United States House of Representatives’ House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee. He was considered “an apostle of nonviolence.”

Brooklyn Democratic Councilmember Mathieu Eugene on July 26 honored the life and legacy of Lewis, saying he “empowered all of us with his vision of respect and the betterment of our society for generations to come.”

People pay their respects at the casket of civil rights pioneer and longtime U.S. Rep. John Lewis, as it sits at the top of the East Front Steps of the U.S. Capitol for a public viewing on July 27. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on […]

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  1. Let’s just rename him Saint John Lewis…jeez enough of this public bow down to this nasty yelling rabble rouser in Congress. I am well aware of his history in civil rights, but that was long ago. His last years saw him as a confrontational bully.

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