Photos: John Lewis 1940-2020

John Lewis, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and a 17-time U.S. Representative for Georgia, died at the age of 80.

Lewis was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, a group led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that had the greatest impact on the movement.

John Lewis talks on the telephone form his Atlanta hotel room Tuesday night, Sept. 2, 1986 prior to claiming victory by defeating Julian Bond in a runoff election for the fifth Congressional District seat in Georgia. The two were civil rights movement allies. (AP Photo/Linda Shaeffer)
FILE - In this March 3, 2013, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, embraces U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as they prepare to lead a group across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. Civil rights icon Lewis is backing Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy. “We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told reporters ahead of the campaign's Tuesday, April 7, 2020 announcement. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., speaks during a television interview at the Capitol in Washington. Lewis’ endorsement of Democratic Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff is the focus of a new television ad from Ossoff’s campaign that begins airing statewide on Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is seen onscreen in a scene from the documentary film "John Lewis: Good Trouble," on the opening night of the Tribeca Drive-In, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Complimentary access was offered to essential workers for the first night of the limited-engagement drive-in film series. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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