07.30.2020

“America was built by John Lewises”: Obama honors civil-rights icon’s legacy at Atlanta funeral

“America was built by John Lewises”: Obama honors civil-rights icon’s legacy at Atlanta funeral Photo: Alyssa Pointer/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama eulogized civil rights icon John Lewis on Thursday before the late congressman's body is laid to rest in Atlanta, drawing a comparison between the battles Lewis participated in during the Civil Rights Movement and the current protests for racial justice happening across America.

"Today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators," Obama said. "I know this is a celebration of John's life. There are some who might say we shouldn't dwell on such things, but that's why I'm talking about it."
 
"John Lewis devoted his time on this Earth (to) fighting the very attacks on democracy and what's best in America that we're seeing circulate right now."
 
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