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18/07/2020 16:02 BST

Barack Obama Leads Tributes To US Civil Rights Leader John Lewis

"Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way."

Barack Obama has led tributes to civil rights hero John Lewis, who died on Friday aged 80. 

Lawmakers, mayors, actors, musicians, and the mighty and the ordinary from Alabama and Georgia to New York and California hailed the courageous lion of civil rights who never gave up his fight and his hope, and never lost his love.

Lewis’s “goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation,” said house speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“Make good trouble, necessary trouble. Seek justice,” tweeted Birmingham, Alabama, mayor Randall Woodfin, quoting Lewis himself. “Rep. John Lewis, the conscience of Black America, has already given us our marching orders. It’s our duty to press onward. Rest well, hero.”

Lewis’s last words in March to the Rev Dr William J. Barber, a leader of the Poor People’s Campaign, were: “Keep the fight going.”