John Lewis to miss Martin Luther King Jr. Day event
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Rep. John LewisJohn LewisCongresswoman accidentally tweets of death of Rep. John Lewis, who's still alive IRS, taxpayers face obstacles ahead of July 15 filing deadline We must move beyond 'the rank of a mere citizen' MORE (D-Ga.) is going to miss a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in Michigan due to his cancer treatment.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan said in a press release obtained by The Hill that Lewis was scheduled to speak at the 35th annual event in Lansing, Mich., but is not expected to attend this year.

Lewis, who recently announced his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, is reducing the amount of travel due to the treatment he is receiving.


“We will continue to pray for Congressman Lewis’ full recovery and look forward to welcoming him to our community in the future," Elaine Hardy, the chair of the commission, said in a statement.

“It will be a full and robust program that also includes a tribute to Congressman John Lewis for his many years of extraordinary service,” she added. 

Other lawmakers are slated to speak at the sold-out program that’s expected to draw 1,800 people, including Sens. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersHealth care group launches M ad campaign hitting Trump in battleground states The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE (D-Mich.) and Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowACLU calls on Congress to approve COVID-19 testing for immigrants Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Democrats warn Biden against releasing SCOTUS list MORE (D-Mich.) and Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinHouse Democrat warns about 'inaccurate' polls: Trump voters 'fundamentally undercounted' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Will Congress finally address toxic 'forever chemicals?' MORE (D-Mich.).

Lewis announced last month that he will undergo treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Updated: 4 p.m.