El Paso, Texas (KTSM) – Local activists will be hosting a candlelight vigil this coming Saturday, July 17, honoring Democratic congressman John Lewis who died at the age of 80.
The vigil will be held at Memorial Park located at 1701 N. Copia St. at 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Lewis rose to prominence as a young civil rights activist who helped lead the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
Lewis was beaten so badly by law enforcement that he was hospitalized. “Bloody Sunday,” as it came to be known, helped spur lawmakers to pass the Voting Rights Act later that year.
Lewis would go on to serve as a Democratic congressman for the state of Georgia for more than 30 years, from the late eighties until his death.
One of the most liberal members of the House of Representatives, he was known as the “conscience” of the Congress for his tireless commitment to civil rights.