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Georgia Lawmaker Punished for Attacking John Lewis

Tommy Benton opposes replacing statue of Confederate leader with one of the civil rights icon

(Newser) - "John Lewis, his only claim to fame was that he got conked on the head at the Pettus Bridge," a Georgia lawmaker said Thursday. "And he has milked that for 50 years—or he milked it for 50 years." Those comments, made on a radio show... More »

Trump Calls Obama's Eulogy for John Lewis 'Terrible'

And 'totally inappropriate'

(Newser) - Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade and President Trump gave their assessments of former President Barack Obama's eulogy for Rep. John Lewis , and it was essentially two thumbs down. Fox News reports the eulogy praised Lewis' efforts on the civil rights front, called for the strengthening of voting rights,... More »

'I Don't Know John Lewis': Trump Withholds Praise

President also brings up the fact that Lewis skipped his inauguration

(Newser) - President Trump's new interview with Axios on HBO is drawing attention not only for the president's condemnation of mail voting but for his comments on the late John Lewis. On the latter, Trump didn't criticize Lewis exactly, but he chose not to praise the congressman and civil... More »

Obama Gives Eulogy for John Lewis

He will be a 'founding father' of a 'better America,' says former president

(Newser) - The nation's first Black president gave the eulogy Thursday for one of the civil rights fighters who made his path to the White House possible. In his address, Barack Obama said the late Rep. John Lewis of Georgia would be a "founding father" of a better America. Highlights:... More »

On Day of His Funeral, Final Words From John Lewis

Civil rights icon submitted essay to 'NYT' 2 days before he died

(Newser) - Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for John Lewis at the civil rights icon's funeral on Thursday, but one other big name has some final words as well: John Lewis himself. In an essay he sent to the New York Times two days before he died, with... More »

Lewis the First Black Lawmaker to Lie in State at Capitol

Civil rights leader honored by former colleagues

(Newser) - The body of the late Rep. John Lewis has arrived in the Rotunda of the US Capitol, where he will lie in state as lawmakers pay tribute to the long-time Georgia lawmaker and icon of the civil rights movement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a delegation Monday to Joint Base... More »

Body of Civil Rights Icon Crosses Historic Bridge

A procession accompanies the body of Rep. John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

(Newser) - The late US Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time Sunday as remembrances continue for the civil rights icon, the AP reports. A crowd began gathering near the bridge that became a landmark in the fight for racial justice when Lewis and... More »

'We All Know That John Got in Trouble'

Georgia congressman John Lewis is remembered in Alabama

(Newser) - Civil rights icon and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis was remembered Saturday—in the rural Alabama county where his story began—as a humble man who sprang from his family’s farm with a vision that "good trouble" could change the world, the AP reports. The morning service in... More »

John Lewis' Name Takes Over for Robert E. Lee's

Fairfax, Virginia, high school renamed after civil rights icon

(Newser) - One of the nation's many Robert E. Lee High Schools will soon no longer be named after the Confederate general. The Fairfax, Virginia, school will be re-named John R. Lewis High School, effective this school year, after a unanimous vote by the school board Thursday, USA Today reports. "... More »

Georgia Democrats Pick Replacement for John Lewis

Nikema Williams will face GOP reality star Angela Stanton-King in election

(Newser) - Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November. The executive committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia voted overwhelmingly on Monday for Williams to take Lewis’ spot on the ballot for the Atlanta-area 5th Congressional... More »

2 GOP Senators Honor the Wrong Black Congressman

Marco Rubio and Dan Sullivan post photos of Elijah Cummings instead of John Lewis

(Newser) - Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Dan Sullivan were so upset by the death of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that they posted photos of themselves with ... the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is also a long-serving Democratic Black congressman, but quite a different person who died back in October... More »

14 Hours Later, Trump Responds

The president and Rep. John Lewis didn't exactly get along

(Newser) - In the hours after the death of American civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, President Trump took to Twitter to retweet old missives about Democratic rival Joe Biden and lash out at his former national security adviser and his niece for writing tell-all books about him. Trump then headed to... More »

Remembering John Lewis: 'We Have Lost a Giant'

Tributes pour in from Obama, MLK Jr.'s family, and more

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tributes and statements are now pouring in for the civil rights legend and longtime... More »

The 'Conscience of Congress' Has Died

Congressman John Lewis, a giant in the civil rights movement, is gone at age 80 after cancer battle

(Newser) - John Lewis, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became a giant in the civil rights movement, was arrested dozens of times in his fight for racial and social justice, and served 33 years in Congress, has died at the age of 80. The AP reports that Lewis' death was confirmed... More »

Rep. John Lewis: I Have Advanced Cancer

The 79-year-old Democrat says he's 'clear-eyed about the prognosis'

(Newser) - Congressman John Lewis of Georgia announced Sunday that he has advanced pancreatic cancer, vowing he will keep serving and fight the disease with the tenacity with which he battled racial discrimination and other inequalities dating to the civil rights era, the AP reports. Lewis, the youngest and last survivor of... More »

Civil Rights Giant Lewis in Hospital

Georgia rep fell ill on a flight back to Atlanta; expected to be released soon

(Newser) - Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is in an Atlanta-area hospital after falling ill on a flight to his home state on Saturday, reports WSB-TV . "There is no cause for alarm," a spokeswoman told ABC News . "He will be fine. He's resting comfortably and... More »

John Lewis-Trump Feud Gets Ugly in Georgia

County commissioner calls congressman a 'racist pig'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's feud with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia was making political headlines on Martin Luther King Day. (The background on the feud is here .) Coverage:
  • The New York Times explores how it further frays Trump's ties with an African-American community already wary of
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Trump Slams Civil Rights Icon

Lawmakers are swinging right back

(Newser) - Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights legend, has been speaking out against Donald Trump, saying he won't attend the inauguration and telling NBC's Meet the Press that he doesn't "see this president-elect as a legitimate president." On Saturday morning, Trump hit back at the Georgia... More »

Democrats' Dramatic Sit-In Now in Second Day

But Ryan officially adjourns House until July 5

(Newser) - Democrats are calling their sit-in protest on the House floor a success, even though it hasn't led to the votes on gun-control legislation they demanded. About two dozen lawmakers were still taking part Thursday morning, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned the chamber about 3am until after the... More »

House Dems Stage Sit-In Over Gun Control

Accuse GOP of turning off C-SPAN cameras, demand House not go to recess until vote

(Newser) - Less than a week after Sen. Chris Murphy's filibuster for gun control on the Senate floor (and two days after the Senate voted down a series of gun control measures), another power move, this time by House Democrats: a sit-in protest Wednesday, per the AP . With Georgia Rep. John... More »

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