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Congressman John Robert Lewis was a civil rights icon who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and served in Congress for decades. First known for working side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King, Lewis’ fight for civil rights on the front line will forever be praised and commended. HIs family confirmed the iconic congressman passed away Friday night at 80 years old.
“It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis,” the statement from his family said. “He was honored and respected as the conscience of the U.S. Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother. He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed.”  
Check out these epic moments from the late great John Lewis.