ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA – Representative John Lewis’s funeral is to held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Former U.S. President Barack Obama will give the eulogy, and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will also pay tribute to Representative Lewis.
After battling pancreatic cancer, the civil rights icon passed away at the age of 80 on July 17th. His funeral is scheduled for 11am E.T.
On Thursday morning, his final essay was published in the New York Times. He stated that “While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me.”
His essay included one final call to action. “When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.”