The world is mourning the loss of civil rights lion, Congressman John Lewis who passed away July 17 after losing his battle against pancreatic cancer. Lewis’ body has traveled from his hometown of Troy, AL, to Selma, AL to Washington, DC and will be memorialized in his adopted hometown of Atlanta, GA at the world famous Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Bounce TV will broadcast the farewell memorial service live Thursday, July 30, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (EST). The service will also be live-streamed at BounceTV.com. Watch the preview of the livestream here.
Congressman Lewis, who was arrested 40 times, five of those times since being a member of Congress while fighting for social justice, dedicated his entire life to racial progress. In 2011, the Georgia Democrat received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. The beloved civil rights icon was serving his 17th term as a Congressman representing the Congressional 5th District prior to his death.
Prior to the live broadcast, Bounce will present Celebrating Atlanta’s Freedom Fighters: Fathers of the Movement (10:00 a.m. ET). Bounce is partnering with Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV for this one-hour special which honors the lives and accomplishments of Lewis and fellow civil rights legends Reverend Joseph Lowery and Reverend C.T. Vivian, who passed away March 27(Lowery) and July 17, 2020, respectively.
Former President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at Congressman Lewis’ eulogy at the service.
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This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.