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Civil rights leader and politician, John Lewis died Friday night (07/17/20) at the age of 80 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2019.

"He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed," read a statement Friday night issued by Lewis' family on his passing.he late congressman 
 The late congressman became involved in the civil rights movement at 15 years old, and served 17 terms in Congress since first being elected in 1986. Tributes to Lewis following reports of his death immediately started pouring in from politicians, world leaders and former presidents.

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