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Celebs Paid Tribute to John Lewis, Who Died on Friday

On Friday, Congressman John Lewis died at the age of 80. Lewis’s death was confirmed in a statement from Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, who said, in part: “John Lewis was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation—from the determination with which he met discrimination at lunch counters and on Freedom Rides, to the courage he showed as a young man facing down violence and death on Edmund Pettus Bridge, to the moral leadership he brought to the Congress for more than 30 years.”

Lewis, who was on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, announced in December 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. At the time, he said he would continue work in Washington while receiving treatment.

“I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights—for nearly my entire life,” he said. “I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now.”

Today, Lewis is being remembered by countless leaders and celebrities across social media for his commitment to the fight for justice and his life’s work to see real change happen in America. Here are just a few.

Barack Obama

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“Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way,” Obama wrote in his tribute to Lewis on Medium. “John Lewis did. And thanks to him, we now all have our marching orders—to keep believing in the possibility of remaking this country we love until it lives up to its full promise.”

Ava DuVernay

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“You are loved. You are respected. You are magnificent,” the filmmaker wrote in her initial tweet after Lewis’s diagnosis last December.

Kamala Harris

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My friend, thank you for showing the world what #GoodTrouble looks like,” the senator wrote, in reference to Lewis’s philosophy to make “good trouble.”

Viola Davis

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“Goodnight sweet Prince. May flights of angels sing the to thy rest,” Davis said, quoting William Shakespeare.

Angela Bassett

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“Oh how we will mourn your loss and yet strive to continue your fight for justice for us all!,” she said.

Michelle Obama

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“Congressman Lewis shows us that while the struggle and pain is all too real, fighting for each other—and paving the way toward something better for our kids and grandkids—can and should be a source of real and lasting joy,” she wrote.

Bernice King

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When I visited Uncle John last week, I looked in his eyes and said, “Well done,” wrote Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Stephen Colbert

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Colbert shared this clip of Lewis talking about the importance of making “good trouble.”

Samuel L. Jackson

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“#thestrugglecontinues #BLM #VOTE,” the actor added.

Mark Hamill

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Hamill called Lewis a “Hero-Civil Rights Icon-Inspiration-Legend.”

Billy Porter

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“This photo was taken at the @HRC Dinner in DC 2016 right before the world blew up. RIP,” the Pose actor wrote.

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