US congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis dies at 80

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What you need to know:

  • As a sitting congressman he was arrested multiple times for protesting genocide or leading immigration reform sit-ins.
  • Lewis was a sharecropper's son whose fights for justice helped define an era.
  • Hi moral authority as an indomitable elder statesman left a permanent imprint in Congress.

John Lewis, the civil rights warrior who died Friday aged 80, excelled at what he liked to call "good trouble" – standing up against racial injustice to forge a better United States.

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