Former President Barack Obama told John Lewis at a funeral in the Atlantic on Thursday, a source familiar with the plan told NBC News on Wednesday.
In the 1960s, Lewis, who was known as the Congress Conscience and Leader of the Civil Rights Movement, died at the age of 80 earlier this month of complications from pancreatic cancer.
For the first time, the news was published in the Constitution of the Atlanta Journal.
“He loved this country so much that he risked his life and blood to deliver on his promise. And for decades, he not only surrendered himself to the cause of freedom and justice, but also inspired the generations that followed. To try to live by his example.”; Obama said of Lewis’s death.
During 2008 In support of the Democratic presidency, its rival Obama, who will later become a party candidate, Lewis split loudly with Hillary Clinton, then a New York senator, and former President Bill Clinton, with whom he maintained close friendships. the nation’s first black president.
Obama awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush will attend, and the Atlanta Journal says it is expected to attend as well.
But Deanna Congelio, a spokeswoman for former president Jimmy Carter (95) and first lady Rosalyn Carter, 92, told NBC News that Carters would not be present. Carter, the oldest living president and survivor of cancer, was previously a state senator in Georgia and served as state governor from 1971 to 1975.
“Carterers don’t drive these days, but send their condolences in writing,” Congelio said.
Lewis ’services will be held on Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and will not be open to the public. He will then be buried next to his wife in Lillian, South View Cemetery.
Earlier this week, Lewis was admitted to the U.S. Capitol Rotitda, where a bilateral group of lawmakers and the public paid tribute. He also held a ceremony in Selma, Alabama, in front of a voting rights march known as Bloody Sunday.