John Lewis, the civil rights icon and original Freedom Rider who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma and Washington before serving more than three decades in Congress, died Friday night after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

After serving along side MLK in the 1960s as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis eventually turned to politics and won a seat in Congress in 1986, representing his beloved but adopted hometown of Atlanta for 33 years. He was diagnosed with cancer in late 2019.

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