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.
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Wishing a happy birthday to my personal hero & living legend, Congressman John Lewis—one of the great heroic leaders of the Civil Rights Movement who embodies the value of love over hate. It’s an incredible honor to be able to serve with him in Congress. #BHM #GoodTrouble
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:
Happy Birthday to my friend and a true American hero, Rep. John Lewis. John inspires us all to fight for what’s right – no matter how hard that fight may be. I’m honored to make #GoodTrouble alongside you. pic.twitter.com/bBMk5ZyFtX— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 22, 2019
A birthday #tbt: In 2016, I joined Congressman John Lewis to talk about investments in our recreation centers, parks, and libraries through #RebuildPHL. I look up to this Civil Rights icon and advocate for justice. Happy birthday, sir! pic.twitter.com/bSFRRjUsPt— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) February 22, 2019
The Congressman thanked all those who wished him well on his birthday:
Thank you for all of the kind birthday wishes. I still feel good, I feel young. I’m ready to keep fighting, to keep pushing, to keep getting in good trouble, necessary trouble so that we may continue to build the beloved community. #GoodTrouble— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) February 22, 2019
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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