John Lewis died of cancer at the age of 80. As a young man, he offered his services to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and worked alongside him in the critical and most dangerous moments of the civil rights movement. Only 23, he spoke at the historic March on Washington in 1963. He was elected to Congress in 1987, where he served until his last day.

He led a life of courage, principle, and honor.

John Lewis is an American hero, a man who advanced the cause of democracy, freedom, and equality. These are our core American ideals, and the only monuments that should be erected should recognize those who stood for them.

He tells his story in this video.