John Lewis

Democrats unveil new voting rights bill named after John Lewis

Democrats unveil new voting rights bill named after John Lewis

House Democrats plan to unveil next week a new version of legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that could protect voting rights across the U.S. During a Friday press conference, House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said that House Democrats are expected to introduce a revised H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act, on Aug. 6. That is the same date that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Clyburn said that many House Democrats are in favor of including provisions that would bolster…
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Georgia lawmaker says people have been ‘brainwashed’ about slavery

Georgia lawmaker says people have been ‘brainwashed’ about slavery

The Gist: A Georgia lawmaker sparked controversy after remarks he made Thursday night on Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Lawmakers" show. The Players: Northwest Georgia state representative Tommy Benton was on "Lawmakers" debating Rep. Al Williams on a measure to replace a statue of the Vice-President of the Confederacy that sits at the U.S. Capitol with a statue of Civil Rights icon John Lewis. Benton is a Republican and Williams is a Democrat. The Quote: Benton, who was defending the statue of Confederate Vice-President Alexander Hamilton Stephens, was asked what he thought about the fact that some people are offended by confederate…
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Kwanza Hall sworn in for 31-day Congressional term

Kwanza Hall sworn in for 31-day Congressional term

WASHINGTON — For just 31 days, Democrat Kwanza Hall will be a federal legislator representing Georgia’s 5th Congressional District. It’s a brief tenure, though not the shortest in congressional history (two lawmakers served just one day, due to a lengthy delay in resolving contested election results). And it will be a stint that follows a lengthy one in Atlanta’s 5th District: Hall is completing the term of the late Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon and Democrat who died in July of pancreatic cancer after serving nearly 34 years in the U.S. House. Because Lewis died after the primary election, Georgia Democrats tapped…
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Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at Democratic convention

Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at Democratic convention

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms evoked the legacy of the late civil rights legend John Lewis when calling on demonstrators to channel their frustrations into voting this fall. The first-term mayor of Georgia’s capital city spoke on the final night of the Democratic National Convention – a nod to her growing prominence in the party beyond Atlanta politics. Bottoms, who was an early backer of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, was considered a contender for vice president. “People often think that they can’t make a difference like our civil rights icons, but every person in the movement mattered — those…
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Georgia lawmaker under fire for scathing remarks about John Lewis

Georgia lawmaker under fire for scathing remarks about John Lewis

A Northeast Georgia state lawmaker was stripped of his Georgia House committee chairmanship Friday for belittling the late Congressman John Lewis’ legacy in a radio interview. It’s the second time Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, has lost a leadership position in the General Assembly since June 2017, when he distributed an article promoting the idea that slavery did not cause the American Civil War. Speaking with WJJC radio on Friday, Benton dismissed growing support in Congress to replace the Alexander Stephens statue in Washington, D.C., with a monument honoring Lewis, stating he had “never read of a significant piece of legislation”…
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Georgia’s Congress members want a statue of John Lewis at the U.S. Capitol

Georgia’s Congress members want a statue of John Lewis at the U.S. Capitol

A bipartisan group of Congress members from Georgia want to put a statue of John Lewis at the U.S. Capitol, and they have written a letter to state officials to make the statue to the recently deceased civil rights icon a reality. Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Dean of the Georgia Delegation, Congressman Tom Graves, Senator David Perdue, Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr., Congressman Austin Scott, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, Congressman Rob Woodall, Congressman David Scott, Congressman Rick Allen, and Congressman Drew Ferguson sent letters to Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and Speaker of the Georgia House David…
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Three former U.S. Presidents visit Atlanta to say goodbye to John Lewis

Three former U.S. Presidents visit Atlanta to say goodbye to John Lewis

Three former U.S. presidents said goodbye to civil rights icon John Lewis Thursday, culminating a weeklong series of ceremonies honoring the Atlanta congressman who died July 17 of cancer at age 80. Lewis’ funeral took place at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood, where Lewis mentor Martin Luther King Jr. once served as pastor. Former President Barack Obama described Lewis as “perhaps [King’s] finest disciple,” carrying forward King’s message of non-violence after the civil rights leader was slain in 1968. “He not only embraced that responsibility,” Obama told Lewis’ mourners. “He made it his life’s work.” During…
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John Lewis lies in state at Georgia Capitol

John Lewis lies in state at Georgia Capitol

Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis was honored Wednesday at the state Capitol in Atlanta following his death earlier this month at age 80. His casket lay in state in the rotunda of the Gold Dome for a ceremony presided over by state officials and a public viewing set to last through the evening. A funeral service will be held Thursday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the congregation once co-led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis was an early admirer and colleague of King, who together with many other prominent civil rights leaders brought non-violent protest to…
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Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’ words ring out in Capitol once again

Get in ‘good trouble’: John Lewis’ words ring out in Capitol once again

WASHINGTON — The immortal words of the late civil rights leader John Lewis rang out from the U.S. Capitol Monday during a private ceremony in celebration of his life. “You must find a way to get in the way,” he said in a recording of a 2014 commencement speech he gave at Emory University. “You must find a way to get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble.” Upon its conclusion, the recorded speech drew lawmakers and family members in attendance to their feet in a standing ovation. Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue, a Republican who attended the ceremony, called his…
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Special election for John Lewis’ seat called for September

Special election for John Lewis’ seat called for September

Gov. Brian Kemp Monday called a special election for Sept. 29 to fill the remainder of U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ term following the civil rights icon’s death earlier this month. Required by state law, the special election will only apply through the end of this year. The general election on Nov. 3 will decide who serves the next full term representing Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, a seat Lewis held for decades. A runoff for the special election would be held on Dec. 1, if needed. Georgia Democratic Party leaders last week picked state Sen. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, to replace Lewis on…
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NEWS BLOG: DeKalb flies flags at half-staff to honor John Lewis

NEWS BLOG: DeKalb flies flags at half-staff to honor John Lewis

Flags at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office lowered to half-staff in honor of Congressman John Lewis who passed away this weekend. The beloved freedom fighter was 80 years old. It's Official: The Georgia State Patrol has the best looking cruisers It may be the last car you want to see behind you on the Interstate, but those blue cruisers with orange text were just named best looking cruiser by the American Association of State Troopers. The organization held a vote for the best looking cruiser and the Georgia State Patrol won with 51,844 votes.
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Meet the woman Georgia democrats picked to replace John Lewis in Congress

Meet the woman Georgia democrats picked to replace John Lewis in Congress

State Sen. Nikema Williams was tapped by Georgia Democratic leaders Monday to run as the party’s nominee to replace Congressman John Lewis in the upcoming Nov. 3 election, following the civil rights icon’s death on Friday. Lewis’ death at age 80 precipitated a frantic search over the weekend to pick a new nominee to run for his 5th Congressional District seat in November, since the civil rights leader had already won the Democratic primary in June and therefore needed to be replaced. Williams, who currently chairs the Democratic Party of Georgia, touted her background as an activist and seasoned lawmaker…
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How will John Lewis’ replacement in Congress be chosen?

How will John Lewis’ replacement in Congress be chosen?

Congressman John Lewis' death leaves an open seat in Congress and an open spot on the ballot in November. Lewis was in the process of running for reelection and had already won the democratic primary at the time of his death. According to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, voters will choose Lewis' replacement in Congress in two separate elections, one to fill the remainder of his current term which expires in January and the general election in November where he was facing republican challenger Angela Stanton King. Because Lewis had already won the democratic primary, state law allows the Democratic…
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Atlanta mayor orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor John Lewis

Atlanta mayor orders flags to fly at half-staff to honor John Lewis

ATLANTA -- Flags throughout the city of Atlanta will fly at half-staff in honor of Congressman John Lewis, who died at age 80 Friday night. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff immediately on all City of Atlanta facilities until further notice in honor of the late Congressman. The City of Atlanta’s Congressman Lewis is an American hero and one of the pillars of the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman Lewis was also revered as the dean of the Georgia Congressional delegation whose passionate call to "make good trouble" became a generational rallying cry for nonviolent activism in the pursuit of social justice and human…
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John Lewis: In His Own Words

John Lewis: In His Own Words

Civil Rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis died Friday night. Lewis was 80 years old and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Below are some of the beloved Congressman's notable quotes. "When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something." "I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble." "We are one people with…
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