Last week, civil rights leader John Lewis lost his battle to cancer. In honor of his memory, his family announced a six-day celebration of life.
According to ABC News, the six-day event will begin on Saturday (July 25) in Lewis’ hometown of Troy, Alabama. The following day, a procession will be held across the bridge in Selma where the late leader demanded voting rights. On Thursday (July 30), the late 80-year-old will be laid to rest at South View Cemetery in Atlanta after a private funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
A statement released by the lawmakers said that face masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week, news broke that a Virginia high school named after a confederate general will now be renamed after Lewis. “The name Robert E. Lee is forever connected to the Confederacy and Confederate values are ones that do not align with our community,” a school board member named Tamara Derenak Kaufax, who proposed the name change, said to CNN affiliate WJLA.
“We heard from so many community members, students and alumni about the amazing things that John Lewis did during his life and I think many people would be proud to have that as the name of their school,” Kaufax added. “I think it would be an honor for the community as well as, I hope, the congressman’s family.”
President of the Fairfax County NAACP Sean Perryman also shared a similar sentiment in a statement shared to Twitter. “Y’all, we just renamed Robert E. Lee High School to John Lewis High School,” he wrote. “When I was the education chair of [Fairfax County NAACP] in 2019, we were told we would never remove Lee from this community. We proved that we are this community. Step up and speak out, everyone!”
Take a look at John Lewis’ memorial in Troy, Alabama here.