Former President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy on the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis’s funeral on Thursday.
Obama will attend the funeral service for Lewis, called the “Conscience of Congress” alongside former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at 11 a.m. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
The long-time Georgia representative died on July 17 at the age of 80 from stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“I first met John when I was in law school, and I told him then that he was one of my heroes. Years later, when I was elected a U.S. Senator, I told him that I stood on his shoulders. When I was elected President of the United States, I hugged him on the inauguration stand before I was sworn in and told him I was only there because of the sacrifices he made,” Obama said in a statement after Lewis’s death.
In 1965, Lewis was beaten by a Georgia state trooper and his skull was fractured in a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. That day became known as “Bloody Sunday.”
On Sunday, Lewis’s body was escorted across the bridge in Alabama for the last time in tribute, alongside a military honor guard.
Lewis is the first Black lawmaker in U.S. history to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C.