Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

US congressma­n John Lewis, civil rights icon, dead at 80


WASHINGTON, July 18 (AFP) - John Lewis, the civil rights warrior who died Friday aged 80, excelled at what he liked to call “good trouble” -- standing up against racial injustice to forge a better United States.

The African-American icon marched with Martin Luther King Jr, was nearly beaten to death by police, and later as a sitting congressma­n was arrested multiple times for protesting genocide or leading immigratio­n reform sit-ins.

Lewis was a sharecropp­er's son whose fights for justice helped define an era, and whose moral authority as an indomitabl­e elder statesman left a permanent imprint in Congress.

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