American politician, Congressman and leader of movement of fighters for civil rights John Lewis died at the age of 80 years. About it July 17, reported the press service of the speaker of the house of representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
“Today, America mourns the loss of one of the greatest heroes of American history, Congressman John Lewis, the conscience of the Congress”, – stated in the message.
The publication The hill reports that in December 2019, Lewis was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the last stage. Then he promised that he will continue to represent in Congress his district.
Lewis was one of the organizers of the March on Washington, which was held in 1963, Martin Luther king. In Congress, he was first held in 1986 and since then 17 times in a row held this position of trust.