Family honors John Lewis at memorial in his hometown

Family honors John Lewis at memorial in his hometown
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The family of the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Harris now 'the most influential woman' in American politics Georgia Democrat introduces bill to bar Trump from Capitol after term ends MORE (D-Ga.) honored the civil rights hero Saturday in his hometown of Troy, Ala., the first of several memorials before he is interred in Atlanta on Thursday.

"He was always concerned about the health and well-being of his family," Grant Lewis, the younger brother of the late congressman, said Saturday at Troy University. "His last word was 'How's the family doing? How is everybody doing?'"

Lewis, who died last week at the age of 80 after battling pancreatic cancer, was an American civil rights hero and served 17 terms representing Atlanta in the U.S. House of Representatives.


"John Robert Lewis, my big brother, humble man, simple man and a man of God. He always wanted to improve the lives of others without any concern for himself," his younger sister Rosa Tyner said during the memorial service.

Gospel singer Dottie Peoples also performed at Lewis's memorial Saturday morning, according to NBC News.

The life of Lewis will be celebrated for six days across five separate cities. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.) announced Thursday that the congressman will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Monday.

On Sunday morning, Lewis will be carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, commemorating the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" massacre, where Lewis was severely beaten by police in Selma, Ala., prompting Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act later that year.

Lewis will lie in repose until a Saturday evening service at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Selma.

The Episcopal church serves as a symbol for American civil liberties and was the starting point for Montgomery's voting rights march on March 7, 1967.