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The Life of Congressman John Lewis
John Lewis, far left, Martin Luther King, fourth from left, and other civil rights leaders on the March on Washington in August 1963. Photograph: Arnie Sachs/REX/Shutterstock
By Legacy Staff
George Floyd, a resident of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, died Monday, May 25, 2020 at the age of 46 while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, which sparked nationwide protests against police brutality. He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and grew up in Houston, Texas. At the time of his death, he worked as a security guard at Conga Latin Bistro.
Arrangements for funeral services in Houston are being made by Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center, which has announced a public visitation will be held Monday, June 8 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Fountain of Praise, 13950 Hillcroft Ave. A private funeral will follow on June 9.
The Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder reports that a public Minneapolis memorial service will be held Thursday, June 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at North Central University, 1400 Elliot Avenue. In addition, the Fayetteville Observer reports that a public North Carolina memorial service will be held Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters, 10225 Fayetteville Road, Raeford.
Floyd's uncle Selwyn Jones told the Rapid City Journal that Floyd is survived by three children, and that the six-foot-seven "gentle giant" had been a star football and basketball player in high school.
"He was everyone's favorite everything," his cousin Tera Brown told TMX.news.
Floyd was a longtime friend of NBA champion basketball player and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson.
"Floyd was my brother, we called each other twin," Jackson said in an Instagram post on May 26. In another, Jackson said: "If he needed me, I was there for him… I think he was closer to me than some of my own family."
Floyd's partner Courteney Ross told KARE-11 News in Minneapolis: "He was not only the man I loved, but the man I admired. He taught me how to be a better person."
His childhood friend Christopher Harris told NPR: "If he had a stamp and it had his signature on it, it would be his smile. It literally lit up a room."
"I want people to know that George Floyd was a caring person," his Yates High School football and basketball teammate Jonathan Veal told KWTX News 10 in Texas. "His personality and his heart for others was equal or greater to his physical stature, and he always had a heart to give back."
Floyd is also being mourned by friends from Houston's hip-hop scene. "He believed in people," rapper Trae the Truth told Rolling Stone, "to a point it seemed he believed in people more than he even believed in himself."
"Everybody loved Floyd," his employer Jovanni Thunstrom of Conga Latin Bistro told KARE-11. "We all have good memories of him."
See more tributes from George Floyd's memorial services
John Lewis obituary
A great American life
Lewis was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, and he was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966. Lewis was one of the primary organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the youngest speaker to address the March’s crowd. Two years later, he led the famous 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986, Lewis represented Georgia’s 5th District, encompassing much of Atlanta and some of its suburbs, for 17 terms.
“It is with inconsolable grief and enduring sadness that we announce the passing of U.S. Rep. John Lewis,” his family’s statement said. “He was honored and respected as the conscience of the US Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother. He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed.”
The Selma march
Among Lewis’ most notable moments as a leader of the civil rights movement was the “Bloody Sunday” march across Edmund Pettus Bridge. Intended to be a march from Selma to the Alabama state capitol of Montgomery, the march was cut short when the marchers were met on the far side of the bridge by state troopers and a posse of civilians who had been hastily deputized by the County Sheriff in order to stop the marchers. Ordered to disperse, the marchers stood their ground and began to pray. The troopers and their posse attacked, first with tear gas and then with violence. Lewis was one of the marchers who was severely beaten, receiving a fractured skull and scars that would stay with him all his life. It wasn’t the first time Lewis had been injured in the pursuit of equal rights; as a Freedom Rider, he was beaten more than once by angry civilians who felt threatened by his peaceful attempt to integrate public transportation.
Career in Congress
Lewis was unique among the major leaders of the civil rights movement as the only one to go on to a career in national politics. He was one of the most liberal congressmen to represent a Deep South district, and over the course of 17 elections, he only once got less than 70 percent of the vote – when he received 69 percent in 1994. He was Senior Chief Deputy Whip and served on the Committee on Ways and Means. Among the successful legislation he sponsored was the bill establishing the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Beginning in 2013, Lewis cowrote the graphic novel series “March,” telling the story of the Civil Rights Movement through his own experiences. Written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, the series brought history to young readers. The “March” series was widely honored, including a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for “March: Book Three.” It was the first graphic novel to win a National Book Award, and Lewis was the first member of Congress to write a graphic novel.
Lewis’ encouraging words on justice
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” —@repjohnlewis on Twitter, 2018
1951 - 2019
Al O. Plant, Sr
BIRTH 1 Jun 1930
DEATH 4 Dec 2000 (aged 70)
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Bear, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
MEMORIAL ID 16916370 · View Source
State Representative Al O. Plant, Sr., a servant of God and the people, son of Mrs. Lula B. Plant Wright and the late Mr. Ollis Plant, departed this life on Monday, December 4, 2000 in the Wilmington Hospital after a heart attack in front of his home. He has left as a legacy, a life of service, dedication, and vision.
He leaves to cherish his beautiful memory, a devoted an dedicated wife of 47 years, Hazel D. Plant; 3 devoted sons, Al O., Jr., Al Anthony, I (& wife, Mary) & Alfonzo N., Sr. (& wife Millie); his loving mother, Mrs. Lula B. Wright of Hensley, AR; 7 grandsons; 2 great grandsons; 1 brother, Todd Plant; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Madeline Barksdale Frazier
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ELIJAH CUMMINGS Obituary
BALTIMORE, Md. — Congressman Elijah Cummings, 68, represented the 7th Congressional District of Maryland.
He was a close associate of the late R.T. Drake family, of the Holy Swamp and Mt. Airy communities of Robeson County. He was also affiliated with the late Pedro Thompson family, of the Hilly Branch Community of Robeson County and Baltimore, Md.
His funeral service was held Friday at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore.
Local announcement by McMillan Funeral Home of Lumberton.
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Published in The Robesonian from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2019.