ATLANTA, GA - JULY 30: Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the funeral service of the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 30, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Former U.S. President Barack Obama gave the eulogy for the late Democratic congressman and former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were also in attendance. Rep. Lewis was a civil rights pioneer, contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and helped to organize and address the historic March on Washington in August 1963. (Photo by Alyssa Pointer-Pool/Getty Images)

Barack Obama Gave Heartfelt Eulogy At John Lewis’ Funeral 

Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt speech at John Lewis’ funeral. 

The service was held in Atlanta at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Obama began the eulogy by telling Americans to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader, John Lewis. Obama said, 

“John never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country can do.” 

Obama went on to describe John as a gentle and humble human being who treated everyone with kindness. Then Obama touched on voting rights and the current climate in America. Voting is something John devoted his life to fighting for since a young man in the 1960’s, and the fight STILL continues. Obama said, 

“Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans,” George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.”

Lewis was a key player in protecting voting rights. Obama reminded leaders of that. Lewis represented Atlanta in the House of Representatives. He died on July 17 after losing his battle to pancreatic cancer. He was 80. 

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