Sunday Public Affairs Shows Pay Tribute to the Late Congressman John Lewis

By A.J. Katz 

The iconic civil rights leader and Georgia Democratic congressman John Lewis died at the age of 80 on Friday. Lewis served in the House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District from 1987 until his death. One of the original 13 Freedom Riders and a man who helped organize the March on Washington, Rep. Lewis announced in December that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and tragically succumbed to the illness just days ago.

Rep. Lewis was known for his “good trouble” approach to life— peaceful protest, fighting for equality, as the Sunday shows noted in their respective segments on his death.

On ABC’s This Week, co-anchor Martha Raddatz spoke with Congresswomen Karen Bass and Val Demings about Lewis.

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CBS’ Face the Nation showed interviews that past moderators Bob Schieffer and John Dickerson had conducted with Rep. Lewis. Schieffer, who interviewed Lewis 50 years after Bloody Sunday, said, “He made America a better place. And I never knew a better man.”

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Margaret Brennan interviewed former Secretary of State Collin Powell and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms about the late congressman.

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NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd spoke with South Carolina congressman James Clyburn about his close friend’s passing.

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As did Jake Tapper for CNN’s State of the Union:

Before airing his interview with President Trump, Chris Wallace addressed Lewis’ death on Fox News Sunday and showed a clip from his 2015 interview with the late congressman.

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