Rep. Terri Sewell remembers ‘father figure’ John Lewis

Published: Jul. 18, 2020 at 1:17 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) says she lost a father figure Friday when Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) passed away at the age of 80.

Sewell credits the civil rights icon for her career in politics as a Black woman in Alabama.

“Even Superman couldn’t beat stage four pancreatic cancer. It’s just such a loss,” Sewell told the Gray Television Washington News Bureau.

Lewis was born in Alabama, but he would go on to serve three decades representing Georgia in the House of Representatives.

Sewell joined her mentor Lewis for numerous civil rights events in Alabama throughout the years. She says she plans to preserve Lewis’ memory by fighting for voting rights in her state and across the country.

Watch the one-on-one interview as Sewell expands on her relationship with Lewis.

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