The world lost a great man. Congressman John Lewis died on Friday night. He was 80. Lewis, who battled pancreatic cancer, was a civil rights icon. The Georgia congressman battled racial segregation in the south and helped Dr. Martin Luther King organize the March on Washington in 1963. Lewis spent three decades in Congress and was re-elected for his 17th term in 2018.
On Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis:
“The Atlanta Hawks mourn the loss of Congressman John Lewis. Last night, our city and country lost one of its heroes and most important civil rights icons who was highly regarded for his nearly six decades of social activism and getting into ‘good trouble’. He continued to inspire so many with his courage, sacrifice and unwavering dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles. His legacy will forever be remembered throughout the city’s peaceful protests to fight racial inequality in the 1960s, and our nation will be forever indebted to him for his lifelong dedication to public service. The entire Hawks organization sends their deepest condolences to Mr. Lewis’ family and his friends.”