Politicians pay birthday tributes to Civil Rights leader John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) speaks during the funeral service for former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) on February 14, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Dingell, who...

Politicians used social media to pay tribute to the birthday of John Lewis, civil rights leader and politician best known for leading the march in Selma in 1965.

Politicians have paid birthday tributes on social media to Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. 
 
Mr. Lewis, 79, chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the civil rights movement. He organised a peaceful march along the Edmund Pittus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, that was disrupted by police violence. The event became known as 'Bloody Sunday.'
 
In 1986, he was elected to represent a district that included Atlanta in the House of Representatives.
 
New Jersey Senator and Democrat presidential hopeful Cory Booker wished the Congressman a happy birthday by posting a selfie with him on Instagram: 
 

 The Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, also paid her own birthday Instagram tribute to Mr. Lewis:

 Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren tweeted the following about Mr. Lewis

 The Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, also wished the civil rights leader a happy birthday on Twitter

 The Congressman thanked all those who wished him well on his birthday

 

Mr. Lewis participated in the Freedom Rides that challenged the segregation of Southern interstate bus terminals in 1961. He was arrested at the time. In 1963-66, he served as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and helped African Americans register for the vote in 1964. 

In 2011, President Obama awarded Mr Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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