The music community is mourning the loss of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, who died Friday night (July 17) after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80.
Following his death, many artists took to social media to remember Lewis, who was the last last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, a group led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. He is best perhaps known for leading hundreds of protesters in the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.
“Today we have lost a heroes’ Hero.. Thank you God for John Lewis’s life of service. Let us continue to try to walk his walk of truth. Rest in Power,” Mariah Carey wrote on Twitter.
“RIP John Lewis. Major major loss. A good friend and ally when I needed one. Absolutely one of a kind. A real hero. The last hero. Man we need him so badly right now. Fixing this mess is going to be a lot harder without him. Travel well my friend. I was lucky to have known you,” Van Zandt tweeted.
In addition to being a giant in the American civil rights movement, Lewis also enjoyed a long and successful career in politics, first being elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1981. Five years later, he won a seat in Congress.
“Congressman John Lewis has been an inspiration to so many generations of Americans and those beyond our shores for countless decades following his inspiring work with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over a half century ago,” Hancock tweeted in remembrance.
See more tributes to Lewis below.
Today we have lost a heroes’ Hero.. Thank you God for John Lewis’s life of service. Let us continue to try to walk his walk of truth. Rest in Power. pic.twitter.com/9YZVC7e95Y
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) July 18, 2020
So much love, honor and respect for John Lewis. Although we never met, I’ve always admired your courage. Rest In Peace Mr. Lewis. We got it from here… pic.twitter.com/jVrjHLKH1p
— Ice Cube (@icecube) July 18, 2020
I agree with @oldmanebro let’s Put John Lewis on the $20 bill ASAP!
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) July 18, 2020
Congressman John Lewis has been an inspiration to so many generations of Americans and those beyond our shores for countless decades following his inspiring work with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over a half century ago. pic.twitter.com/JBbcW0oxSf
— Herbie Hancock (@herbiehancock) July 18, 2020
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 18, 2020
Sad to hear the news that civil rights legend John Lewis died yesterday. He was such a great leader who fought with honesty and bravery for civil rights in America. Long may his memory remain in our hearts. How about renaming the famous Pettus Bridge… pic.twitter.com/1iDVa1T2LI
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 18, 2020
We lost a giant in the Faith. A leader in the community. A father to many. Rest in His Presence John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/VIaWaxJvBa
— Lecrae (@lecrae) July 18, 2020
We’ve rolled with a lot of bad news this year, but the death of John Lewis, a man this country barely deserved, is wrenching. ‘Where is our soul?’ He shouted on the House floor. We have to keep asking that question, in his honor. Travel safely, sir. https://t.co/RXZWCbPAne
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) July 18, 2020
A few of the many wise words he left us with. Let them ring! RIP John Lewis. https://t.co/7vIHM7lrHi
— Evanescence (@evanescence) July 18, 2020
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Rip to the great John Lewis…
— Ja Rule (@jarule) July 18, 2020
Goodbye to the Honorable, in all senses of the word, #JohnLewis Few of us will make as much difference in the world as he.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) July 18, 2020
‘You must be prepared if you believe in something. If you believe in something, you have to go for it. As individuals, we may not live to see the end.’
~ John Lewis
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) July 18, 2020
RIP John Lewis. Major major loss. A good friend and ally when I needed one. Absolutely one of a kind. A real hero. The last hero. Man we need him so badly right now. Fixing this mess is going to be a lot harder without him. Travel well my friend. I was lucky to have known you.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) July 18, 2020
Hopefully the Edmund Pettus Bridge will be renamed the John Lewis Bridge. It should have happened while he was alive. Why we would have anything named after the grand dragon of the ku klux klan is way beyond me.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) July 18, 2020
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) July 18, 2020
Imagine what a man like John Lewis could’ve done for us all if he hadn’t needed to use his whole life to fight for something as simple as fairness.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) July 18, 2020
Icons cut from this cloth seem to be of another time but they remain timeless. We need more. Rest In Power John Lewis.https://t.co/CQ8TSVOcM7
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) July 18, 2020
It is heartbreaking to have such titans stripped from us when we need their voices the most. Thank you John Lewis for your selfless and beautiful life. You will never be forgotten. #RIPJohnLewis — civil rights icon and longtime congressman, dies https://t.co/cjkcGxx3LS
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 18, 2020