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Presidents, politicians and civil rights leaders pay tribute to John Lewis

Former President Barack Obama: “I first met John when I was studying law, and then I told him he was one of my heroes. Years later, when I was elected a US Senator, I told him I was on his shoulders. “

“Not many of us come alive to see our own legacy come true in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did it. And thanks to him, we all have our marching orders now – to continue to believe in the possibility of recreating this country we love until it delivers on its full promise. “