A year later: All events in honor of the death of former Congressman John Lewis – WSB-TV Channel 2


A year ago today, Atlanta and the world lost civil rights activist and longtime Congressman John Lewis. Lewis died at the age of 80, partly after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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There will be events in Atlanta and across the country to honor Lewis, who was adored by his peers and a popular figure in his district and around the world.

The US Navy will christen its newest refueling ship, the USNS John Lewis, on Saturday morning in a ceremony attended by California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and about 27 Congressmen.

The USNS John Lewis is the lead ship in the T-AO Fleet Oiler Program, delivering fuel to the Navy’s carrier strike groups at sea.

“John Lewis was a true freedom fighter who helped transform America with his unmatched courage, patriotism and kindness. It is fitting that so many friends of John’s gather this weekend a year after his death to celebrate his sacred life and to christen a naval ship that bears his name, a fine testimony to his legacy as one of the greatest heroes in American history , “Said Spokesman Pelosi. “As the USNS John Lewis sails the sea in the service of our nation, may this beautiful ship be a beacon of strength and inspiration as we continue John’s life mission: to seek a more perfect union.


Atlanta kicks off the weekend with a cycling / cycling event that kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Pryor Street Drivers meander through downtown, stopping at the entrance to South View Cemetery, where Lewis is buried, before heading to the Lewis mural on Auburn Avenue.

Later on Saturday morning, there will be a balloon release at the location of the mural with multiple speakers talking about Lewis and his legacy in terms of civil rights and voting rights.

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There will be a candlelight vigil “Good Trouble” on Saturday evening at 616 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. carried out by several electoral associations. Vigils will be held simultaneously in Augusta and Savannah on Saturday evening.

Channel 2 will cover the events and Lewis’ enduring legacy throughout the day. Watch Channel 2’s Action News on Saturday mornings, noon, and 6am for the latest news along with WSB-Tonight for a recap of the day’s events.