Civil rights pioneer Representative John Lewis pictured at the Department of Justice in Washington in 2016. Photo: AFP
Civil rights pioneer Representative John Lewis pictured at the Department of Justice in Washington in 2016. Photo: AFP

John Lewis, civil rights pioneer and US Congressman, dies at 80

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him ‘one of the greatest heroes of American history’ and the White House said he was an icon of the civil rights movement
  • He was best known for leading some 600 protesters in the Bloody Sunday march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma

Civil rights pioneer Representative John Lewis pictured at the Department of Justice in Washington in 2016. Photo: AFP
Civil rights pioneer Representative John Lewis pictured at the Department of Justice in Washington in 2016. Photo: AFP
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