John Lewis “loved America until America learned to love him back.”
Those were the words of the pastor at the funeral for the US Representative, Thursday in Atlanta at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
The civil rights icon, who represented Atlanta in the House of Representatives, died on July 17th due to his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Three former US presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were all present at his funeral.
They shared about his civil rights journey and how extraordinary he was as a person.
Clinton Said Of Lewis
Clinton said, “He never lost heart. He kept moving.”
He mentioned that people who loved John Lewis must remember that he was “human,” after all.
A man born with “strengths” and “weaknesses.”
His strengths were that he, himself, made the most of things when many don’t.
Also, Lewis worked hard on his weaknesses.
Clinton said, “It made him in my mind even greater.”
Bush on Lewis
Bush said that John Lewis believed in the Lord, in humanity, and America.
The former US president added, “He’s been called an American saint, a believer willing to give up everything, even life itself, to bear witness to the truth that drove him all his life: that we could build a world of peace and justice, harmony and dignity and love.”
On a lighter note, Bush spoke of Lewis’ humble beginnings, raising chickens on a small family farm in Troy.
“When his family claimed one for family supper, John refused to eat one of his flock,” he said.
Bush made the attendees laugh by mentioning that going hungry was Lewis’ first act of non-violent protest.
Obama To Deliver Eulogy
As per the CNN report, former President Barack Obama will speak about remarkable John Lewis at the funeral.
He notably awarded Lewis with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
They have built a relationship over the years, although Lewis endorsed Hillary Clinton during the 2008 election.