San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer remembered late Georgia Congressman John Lewis over the weekend.
The civil rights icon was 80 years.
“John Lewis was no stranger to San Diego.
“You could often spot him at Comic-Con.
“He was here last year to see the USNS John Lewis, a naval ship named in his honor.
“He dedicated his life to civil rights, from marching with MLK to serving in Congress.
“America has lost a legend.”
Nationwide Half-staff For Lewis
Though President Donald Trump is at odds with the civil rights icon, he ordered flags nationwide on half-staff Saturday,
This includes the White House and all military and federal government facilities.
Trump is a frequent target of Lewis’ criticism over the last four years.
The president is reportedly doing this “as a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service (Lewis).”
His Civil Rights Legacy
Since the 1960s, Lewis was at the forefront of the civil rights movement.
A state trooper beat him in the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March of 1965.
This led to spur passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act by Congress just days later.
Lewis joined the House of Representatives in 1986, representing a district that included much of Atlanta.
He held the seat until his death.
In 2019, Lewis announced that he is suffering from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
He was there in the recent aftermath of the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In January 2016, U.S. Navy Secretary Raymond E. Mabus Jr. announced the assignment of the name John Lewis to the vessel.
This is part of the Military Sealift Command fleet of support ships.
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company began construction of the ship on Sept. 20, 2018.
Its scheduled completion is November of this year.