U.S. Rep and Civil Rights Legend John Lewis Dead at 80

U.S Representative for the state of Georgia and civil rights legend, John Lewis died Friday at the age of 80 after a six month battle with cancer. At the age of 25 he helped lead the march for voting rights on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

The day is also known as 'Bloody Sunday.'


House Majority Whip from South Carolina, Jim Clyburn said the best way for both the president and senate leadership to honor Lewis is to pass a bill in his name that would restore part of the Voting Rights Act. The bill in question has been sitting on Mitch McConnell's desk for over 200 days. H.R. 4 would be an amendment to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


It would require federal approval in states before implementing new voting procedures to prevent voter discrimination. The bill establishes which states and political subdivisions must obtain preclearance before changes to voting practices in these areas may take effect.


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