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Live Stream Congressman John Lewis’ Funeral Service

Live Stream Congressman John Lewis’ Funeral Service

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Barack Obama will eulogize John Lewis at a service in Atlanta.

On Thursday afternoon, politicians and activists converged on Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to former Congressman John Lewis. Lewis died at the age of 80 on July 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Political figures like former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Nancy Pelosi, and Rev. Dr. Bernice King are in attendance. Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the eulogy. Stream the service below.

Lewis served in the United States House of Representatives for 33 years. As the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he was one of the “Big Six” organizers of the 1963 March on Washington along with Martin Luther King Jr. of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, A. Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Roy Wilkins of the NAACP and Whitney Young of the National Urban League.

 

John Lewis penned a posthumous essay for the New York Times, which was published on Thursday. The letter expresses gratitude towards today’s protesters and gives a history of his own.

“While my time here has now come to an end,” he wrote, “I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.”

During his speech, Bill Clinton drew the ire of many on social media after an ill-advised comment about activist Kwame Ture.

“There were two or three years there where the movement went a little bit too far towards Stokely,” Clinton said. “But in the end, John Lewis prevailed.”

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Former President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for Lewis, earning multiple standing ovations. In his speech, he spoke on America’s degradation of the Voting Rights Act.

“Even as we sit here,” he said, “there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and targeting minorities and students, to restrictive identification laws, and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision…you want to honor John? Let’s honor John by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for.”

 

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