Nation Remembers Civil Rights Leaders John Lewis, C. T. Vivian

Headline Roundup July 18th, 2020

This weekend, the nation remembered the lives of civil rights leaders Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and C. T. Vivian, who both passed on Friday. Lewis was a civil rights activist who led nonviolent protests in the 1960s; most notably, Lewis led a march in Alabama that was halted by police brutality in 1965, now known as "Bloody Sunday." Lewis went onto serve over three decades in Congress; he was 80. Vivian, a Baptist minister and aide to Martin Luther King, Jr. was also bloodied on the front lines of the 1960s civil rights movement; he was 95.

Coverage from left- and center-rated outlets highlighted their lives and accomplishments; voices from the left also connected the civil rights movement they fought for with the Black Lives Matter movement occurring today. Coverage from right-rated outlets generally focused more on the White House's response, its order to have the flags lowered to half-mast, and speculation that Lewis might lie in state at the Capitol, an honor reserved for American heroes occurring just 36 times in U.S. history, though there is no official confirmation as of Saturday.

Nation Remembers Civil Rights Leaders John Lewis, C. T. Vivian

From the Center

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — John Lewis saw the line of Alabama state troopers a few hundred yards away as he led hundreds of marchers to the apex of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on March 7, 1965. Armed with gas canisters and nightsticks, the troopers were flanked by horse-riding members of the sheriff’s posse. A crowd of whites milled around nearby.

Lewis, who died Friday at age 80, was just 25 at the time. He had been leading voting rights demonstrations for months in the notoriously racist town, and...

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From the Left

Sometimes I wonder if history is trying to tell us something.

July 17, for example. In the morning came news of the death of C.T. Vivian. At night, the news that Rep. John R. Lewis (D-Ga.) passed away. Two men linked by decades of struggle, success and the deep truth that struggle itself is a kind of success. They met long ago, in the days of tiny television sets and black ribbon neckties and automobiles with fins stamped from sheet metal.

Around 1960, Vivian and Lewis were students together in...

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From the Right

Flags at the White House and U.S. Capitol were lowered to half staff Saturday morning to honor the late Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday night at the age of 80 and President Trump ordered all American flags to be lowered nationwide for the rest of the day.

The tribute to signify a nation in mourning is the first of what is expected to be many ways the civil rights leader and longtime congressman from Georgia will be eulogized.It's possible Lewis will lie in state at the Capitol, an honor...

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