Dignitaries in attendance include former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.
Obama will eulogize Lewis.
On Friday, July 17, 2020, Lewis, who represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for more than three decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, died from pancreatic cancer after being in hospice care in Atlanta. He was 80.
In March 1965, a then-25-year-old Lewis spearheaded a peaceful march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. It became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
In 2010, Obama awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2015, he joined the congressman in Selma to pay homage to those who fought racial oppression on “Bloody Sunday.”
Watch the funeral service below:
WATCH LIVE: Funeral service for the late John Lewis in Georgia
Posted by PBS NewsHour on Thursday, July 30, 2020