Steven L. Reed, the mayor of Montgomery, announced to host a vigil to glorify the legacy of the American icon and civil rights hero, John Lewis. The mayor will honor Lewis on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at 7 p.m.
The Vigil will be hosted at Bicentennial Park, which is situated near, Dexter Avenue and S. Bainbridge Street. Reed and other community leaders have asked the public to join them at 1 p.m. as they line the sidewalks for the arrival of Congressman Lewis’ procession with the last leg of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Right Trail.
Lewis will lie in the state; the members of the public will be allowed to pay homage and bid goodbye to their hero between 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The people who are participating in the events should follow all safety measures and health guidelines, like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
John Lewis died on July 17, 2020; he had pancreatic cancer. He was someone who believed in goodness and had an optimistic approach to life and the future. Lewis was thoroughly inspired by the new generation standing strong as activists for racial justice. Being a son of a sharecropper, Lewis had seen life with depth and had learned many lessons to fight against the odds while growing up. He grew up to become a legend; he led the Civil Rights Movements and a 17- term Congressman from the state of Georgia. Growing up, he has learned to live a fearless and peaceful life, despite being beaten up and arrested for a couple of times.