US President Barack Obama walks alongside Amelia Boynton Robinson (R), one of the original marchers, the Reverend Al Sharpton (2nd R), First Lady Michelle Obama (L), and US Representative John Lewis (2nd-L), Democrat of Georgia, and also one of the original marchers, across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015. The event commemorates Bloody Sunday, when civil rights marchers attempting to walk to the Alabama capital of Montgomery to end voting discrimination against African Americans, clashed with police on the bridge. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
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Barack Obama Gave Heartfelt Eulogy At John Lewis’ Funeral 

Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt speech at John Lewis’ funeral. 

The service was held in Atlanta at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Obama began the eulogy by telling Americans to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader, John Lewis. Obama said, 

“John never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country can do.” 

Obama went on to describe John as a gentle and humble human being who treated everyone with kindness. Then Obama touched on voting rights and the current climate in America. Voting is something John devoted his life to fighting for since a young man in the 1960’s, and the fight STILL continues. Obama said, 

“Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,” George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”

Lewis was a key player in protecting voting rights. Obama reminded leaders of that. Lewis represented Atlanta in the House of Representatives. He died on July 17 after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer. He was 80. 

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