Former President Barack Obama on Thursday heralded the late Rep. John Lewis as a “founding father” whose legacy of activism reworked American democracy, whereas warning that the nation should stay “vigilant towards the darker currents of this nation’s historical past.”
Paying tribute to Mr. Lewis together with former Presidents George W. Bush and Invoice Clinton at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was as soon as a co-pastor, Mr. Obama stated Mr. Lewis was maybe Dr. King’s “most interesting disciple.”
“America was constructed by John Lewises,” he stated. “After we do type a extra excellent union, whether or not it’s years from now or a long time, or even when it takes one other two centuries, John Lewis will likely be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, higher America.”
The funeral service capped off per week of occasions honoring Mr. Lewis, a civil-rights icon and longtime Democratic lawmaker who died July 17 of pancreatic cancer at age 80.