Former President Barack Obama awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President Barack Obama joined hundreds of others who are sharing non-public moments they have with Rep. John Lewis and their ideas on his impact.
In an article posted to Medium.com, Obama stated Lewis lived an “exceptional” life.
“But he in no way believed that what he did used to be greater than any citizen of this united states may do. He believed that in all of us, there exists the capability for top notch courage, a longing to do what’s right, a willingness to love all people, and to prolong to them their God-given rights to dignity and respect,” he said.
In the article, Obama talked about the first time the two met and how he advised Lewis that he used to be one of his heroes. Years later they’d meet various extra times.
“When I was once elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand earlier than I was once sworn in and instructed him I used to be solely there due to the fact of the sacrifices he made. And via all these years, he by no means stopped supplying knowledge and encouragement to me and Michelle and our family. We will leave out him dearly.”
The ultimate time the two spoke was once after a digital city corridor with what Obama described as “young activists.” He said, “Afterwards, I spoke to him privately, and he may want to now not have been prouder of their efforts — of a new technology standing up for freedom and equality, a new technology intent on vote casting and defending the proper to vote, a new era walking for political office.”
In his passing, Obama stated Lewis left the state with “marching orders.”