Civil Rights Activist and Congressman John Lewis passed away at 80 due to pancreatic cancer. John Lewis was part of the Big Six, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He was known for leading 600 protesters in the Bloody Sunday march. Lewis fought against racism, inequality and discrimination.
John Lewis founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was named the Chairman of the organization. He was the youngest in the Big Six that also include Whitney Young of the National Urban League; A. Philip Randolph of the Negro American Labor Council; James L. Farmer Jr., of the Congress of Racial Equality; and Roy Wilkins of the NAACP.
In 1981, John Lewis was elected Atlanta City Council. He joined the congress in 1986. President Obama endorsed John Lewis with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. They later marched in Selma on the 50th anniversary of the Blood Sunday attack.
John Lewis' wife, Lillian Miles, passed away in 2012. He leaves behind his one son, John Miles Lewis.