The three former presidents will honor Congressman John Lewis at his funeral in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday at eleven in the morning and complete a week of memorial services for the longtime lawmaker and civil rights icon.
Former President Barack Obama will resign for Lewis, who died earlier this month at the age of 80. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as speaker Nancy Pelosi, will also speak.
965. known as “Bloody Sunday”. , celebrated Lewis’ legacy on Saturday, then on the Sunday before his last trip over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the same bridge where he was beaten by Alabama state police during a march to Montgomery on March 7, 1
Lewis’s coffin then traveled to Washington, DC, where he was remembered at services in the US capital and was the first black lawmaker toin the Capitol Rotunda.
Lewis was the youngest man to perform in Washington in March 1963, and was a friend of Martin Luther King Jr. In June, he spoke with CBS News about his activism in the 1960s.
“Yes, I was beaten, bloody and unconscious. But I never became hot or hostile, I never gave up. I believe that if in any way it is necessary to use our bodies to help redeem the soul of the nation, then they must do so, “said Lewis.