July 30, 2020
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From the pulpit where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stood, Barack Obama will give the Eulogy during the memorial service honoring the late Congressman John Lewis at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
In Atlanta, Ga family and special guests are gathered to honor the fallen hero. Included are other former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton who are stated to also participate in the service.
Thursday’s Celebration of Life caps a series of events and programs that have taken place in multiple cities to honor the late icon. In Selma Alabama, a horse-drawn carriage carried the casket containing Lewis’ body across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. This is the same bridge where police brutally beat peaceful protestors, including a 25-year-old Lewis, as they marched for African American voting rights. This day is now known as “Bloody Sunday” and paved the way for the Voting Right’s Act of 1965.
Over the last week, the congressman has also laid in state in both Washington D.C at the U.S. Capitol and The State Capitol in Atlanta, Ga where he served 17 terms as a House representative.
The beloved Representative Lewis died July 17th after a six month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
Watch the service here with us live.