John Lewis, a main figure in the Civil Rights movement and longtime U.S. Congressman, died at the age of 80 on Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Lewis was a part of the march in Selma, Alabama in 1965 along with many other historical moments in which he fought for equality in the country. One of the largest voices throughout the Civil Rights movement, Lewis continued his work toward racial justice as a congressman in Georgia.
An incredible man who touched the lives of many and created real change, many, including DMV athletes and figures, have taken to social media to pay their respects. Sharing stories about their experiences with Lewis, how he impacted their lives and some of his most important messages, here's how local figures are honoring Lewis.
#ICON – RIP John R. Lewis – A peaceful, thoughtful man and true civil rights leader – Gentle soul and driven, strong activist – Here are two giants together at a #Caps game – Truly a special moment for us all pic.twitter.com/F6MwfqErLN— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) July 18, 2020
“What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and its grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible.”— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) July 18, 2020
~ Congressman John Lewis
Young people continue the mission of making the impossible possible.#RIPJohnLewis pic.twitter.com/ELZqL0NnwP
“When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something.”— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 18, 2020
Rest In Peace, John Lewis. Thank you for showing us what #GoodTrouble looks like. pic.twitter.com/heZpEeLOUn
Very sorry to learn of the passing of John Lewis tonight. One of the best leaders we have ever had and one of finest human beings I have ever met! Rest in peace and let us all carry on your mission.— Mike Thibault (@coachthibault) July 18, 2020
"You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way... to get in the way.”— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) July 18, 2020
Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. Rest In Peace, John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/c6TKoVeUX0