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Barack Obama delivers powerful eulogy at John Lewis funeral

Posted By: Deacon Ron Gray
Thursday, July 30th 2020 at 8:07PM
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Former U.S. president Barack Obama addressed mourners at Thursday’s funeral for civil rights icon John Lewis, honouring the life of the late congressman in a powerful eulogy. Obama described Lewis’ civil rights legacy, and said that although his faith was tested “again and again,” he was “a man of pure joy and unbreakable perseverance.”

"He not only embraced that responsibility, but he made it his life's work," the former president said.

"John Lewis will be a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America."

Obama also referenced the 2020 U.S. presidential election and current anti-racism protests across the country, saying "there are those in power who are doing their darnedest to discourage people from voting," and "undermining the postal service in the run-up to an election."

"John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy." He continued.

Obama added that Lewis knew "that the fate of this democracy depends on how we use it, that democracy isn't automatic- it has to be nurtured."

The funeral for Lewis was held at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, capping off a six-day celebration of life honouring the congressman.

Lewis died on July 17 at the age of 80.

Thursday, July 30th 2020 at 8:09PM
Deacon Ron Gray
I don't think I've ever seen such hubris as John Lewis thinking we need an NYT editorial from the grave. Well the die is cast and now Obama has done this never-before-seen thing of his own. No wonder Trump didn't want to be there.

Thursday, July 30th 2020 at 11:29PM
Steve Williams
There's going to be trouble, bad trouble. What a tragedy.

Thursday, July 30th 2020 at 11:44PM
Steve Williams
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