Congressman John Lewis’ funeral service

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama makes remarks during the funeral of late U.S. Congressman John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and long-time member of the U.S. House of Representatives who died July 17, at Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. July 30, 2020. Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Pool via REUTERS.

John Lewis’ funeral was today in Atlanta. The late Congressman and civil rights activist died of pancreatic cancer on July 17. He was 80 years old. Barack Obama and other former presidents spoke at the service.

Days before Lewis’ death, he submitted an essay to the New York Times and asked that it be printed on the day of his funeral. In it, he shares how the nation inspired him in his final days, and that he felt hopeful while watching people from all backgrounds stand up for George Floyd and Black lives. He also urged people to stand up for what they truly believe in.