The NAACP will honor Rep. John LewisJohn Lewis10 Democrats to boycott Trump State of the Union addressDemocrats gear up for State of the Union protests as impeachment lingersJames Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this weekMORE (D-Ga.) for his service in Congress and civil rights activism later this month, The Associated Press reported.
The organization is set to announce Tuesday that it will celebrate the longtime Georgia lawmaker with the Chairmans Award at its annual arts and entertainment awards show this month.
The award hails people who create agents of change and show exemplary public service, according to the organizations website. Previous recipients include former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPresident Trump has now shown Americans he knows who we areTrump envisions beefed up Treasury Department in budget proposalThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sanders, Buttigieg do battle in New HampshireMORE, filmmaker Tyler Perry and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTrump is flooding the swamp that Obama drainedWisconsin governor rolls out proposal for redistricting committeeEnd impeachment’s government shutdownMORE.
NAACP Chairman Leon Russell called the lawmaker a modern hero in American history who dedicated his life to protecting our constitutional rights, fighting injustice and speaking truth to power, the AP reported.
Lewis is the last surviving member of the Big Six civil rights activists, a group that also included Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and Whitney Young, the news service noted. He let hundreds of demonstrators across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. in the 1965 Bloody Sunday protest, where he was beaten by police.
Lewis, 79, revealed late last year that he has advanced pancreatic cancer. He received an outpouring of well-wishes from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle after the announcement.