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Late Civil Rights Icon John Lewis’ Birthday Marked by Renewed Calls for Action on Voting Rights

On what would have been the 81st birthday of late Rep. and civil rights icon John Lewis, Twitter users on Sunday urged lawmakers to pass voting rights legislation in honor of his legacy.

Lewis, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and similarly embraced nonviolence, died in July after a battle with cancer.

Sherrilyn Ifill, attorney and president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, called on lawmakers to support legislation aimed at continuing Lewis’ legacy.

“John Lewis, we followed your call,” Ifill tweeted. “We voted like never before. And, we’re working every day and with greater urgency to protect voting rights and to ensure the passage of legislation that will restore your legacy and empower our communities.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser added in a tweet, “ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part. May he Rest In Power, and may we each continue to do our part.”

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