Representative John Lewis, a son of sharecroppers, strong proponent of nonviolence, who believed strongly in the fight for racial equality, died on Friday at 80 years of age.

Mr. Lewis, was a Georgia Democrat an announced on Dec. 29 that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer . He vowed to fight it with the same FURVOR that he had battled racial injustice most of his life.

He was a staunch supporter of the civil rights movement and the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

Mr. Lewis said this on Twitter in 2018,

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

To Representative John Lewis, we thank you for your passion, your life-long passion for racial equality in America, and your commitment to serving so selflessly… we thank you.