//John Lewis celebration of life begins in Alabama: Six day journey begins in Troy earlier than heading to Selma

John Lewis celebration of life begins in Alabama: Six day journey begins in Troy earlier than heading to Selma

The physique of Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights chief and Georgia politician, started its six-day journey in a celebration of life Saturday, with its first stops in Troy and Selma Alabama.

Lewis, 80, died on July 17 after a six-month battle with most cancers.

This June 16, 2010 file photo, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., participates in a ceremony to unveil two plaques recognizing the contributions of enslaved African Americans in the construction of the United States Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

This June 16, 2010 file photograph, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., participates in a ceremony to unveil two plaques recognizing the contributions of enslaved African Individuals within the development of the US Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster, File)

JOHN LEWIS MEMORIAL: FAMILY RELEASES DETAILS OF 6-DAY CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE

His casket, accompanied by a navy honor guard, arrived draped in an American flag at Troy College forward of “A Service Celebrating ‘The Boy from Troy'” on Saturday.

Troy Mayor Jason Reeves applauded Lewis’ energy at “confronting Alabama state troopers,” throughout his time as an activist in the course of the Civil Rights motion.

“And now Alabama state troopers will lead his physique round this state as we rejoice his life,” Reeves mentioned.

The casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., arrives to lie in repose at Troy University on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Troy, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., arrives to lie in repose at Troy College on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Troy, Ala. (AP Photograph/Brynn Anderson)

The occasion, with speeches from 5 of his 10 siblings– his brothers, Henry “Grant,” Samuel and Freddie Lewis and sisters, Rosa Mae and Ethel Mae Tyner– and a rendition of “Hero,” from Sheila Jackson, paid homage to Lewis’ historical past within the metropolis that set off his activism alongside Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958.

It was over 60 years in the past that Dr. King met with the then 18-year-old “boy from Troy” who had hopes of attending an all-white college.

In this March 17, 1965, file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., fourth from left, foreground, locks arms with his aides as he leads a march of several thousands to the courthouse in Montgomery, Ala. From left are: an unidentified woman, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Foreman, King, Jesse Douglas Sr., and John Lewis. (AP Photo/File)

On this March 17, 1965, file photograph, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., fourth from left, foreground, locks arms together with his aides as he leads a march of a number of 1000’s to the courthouse in Montgomery, Ala. From left are: an unidentified girl, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Foreman, King, Jesse Douglas Sr., and John Lewis. (AP Photograph/File)
(AP)

The college — Troy College — is the campus to host the primary of a number of proceedings for Lewis starting Saturday.

“He labored a lifetime to assist others and make the world a greater place wherein to reside,” Grant Lewis mentioned in his tribute. He shared a reminiscence of when Lewis was sworn into Congress, saying that in the course of the poignant second, Lewis regarded up at Grant and gave him a thumbs-up in the course of the ceremony.

Afterward, Grant requested him, “What have been you considering?”

“I used to be considering this can be a great distance from the cotton fields of Alabama,” Lewis responded.

His younger nephew infused the somber ceremony with laughter after delivering poignant phrases: “it is as much as maintain his legacy alive” earlier than leaping off the stage.

Lewis grew up in Pike County, Ala., and was an aspiring minister.

The son of sharecroppers, he labored alongside his siblings– who knew him as Robert– on his household’s land, tending the fields and animals. The younger Lewis would preach to the chickens to follow his craft.

“He got here from humble beginnings, at all times humble and respectful,” his sister Ethel Mae mentioned.

In 2011, the common-or-garden congressman was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama for his combat towards racial discrimination.

In this Feb. 15, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

On this Feb. 15, 2011, file photograph, President Barack Obama presents a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., throughout a ceremony within the East Room of the White Home in Washington. (AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster, File)

As a result of coronavirus pandemic, which has worsened in Lewis’ residence state of Alabama, the household has requested that everybody put on a face masks to stop mourners and onlookers from spreading the virus.

Seats on the college service have been spaced six ft aside to abide by social distancing guidelines.

“Get in good hassle, needed hassle”

— Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Lewis’s demise comes amidst a nationwide reckoning between legislation enforcement and their communities, as folks all around the nation protest towards racial injustice going through Black and Hispanic folks.

As an activist, Lewis himself was arrested and jailed dozens of occasions and attacked in periods of civil unrest.

At an occasion in March to commemorate the anniversary of the bloody upheaval between police and protesters in 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the place Lewis and different demonstrators have been overwhelmed with golf equipment by state troopers, and his cranium was fractured, Lewis famously mentioned: “Get in good hassle, needed hassle, and redeem the soul of America.”

In this July 20, 2020, photo, a church sign honoring the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis sits near his family's land in Pike County, Ala. A series of services will be held to remember Lewis, beginning July 25, 2020, in his home state of Alabama. (AP Photo/Kimberly Chandler)

On this July 20, 2020, photograph, a church signal honoring the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis sits close to his household’s land in Pike County, Ala. A sequence of companies shall be held to recollect Lewis, starting July 25, 2020, in his residence state of Alabama. (AP Photograph/Kimberly Chandler)

The bridge shall be one other monumental cease Sunday on Lewis’ journey earlier than his physique lies in repose on the Alabama Capitol.

He shall be flown to Washington, D.C. on Monday and his casket will make a number of stops all through the town, together with on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial close to the Nationwide Mall. He’ll then lie in state on the U.S. Capitol, with a public viewing.

A bust of Martin Luther King, Jr., center, is visible behind the catafalque for the casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the center of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2020, before he lies in state Monday. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A bust of Martin Luther King, Jr., heart, is seen behind the catafalque for the casket of the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., within the heart of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Friday, July 24, 2020, earlier than he lies in state Monday. Lewis, who carried the wrestle towards racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photograph/Andrew Harnik)

The dignity to put within the nation’s Capitol Rotunda has been given to greater than 30 distinguished figures in American historical past, together with and most lately the late Sen. John McCain and late Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Lewis will then be flown to Atlanta, the place he’ll lie in state on the Georgia Capitol Wednesday, earlier than his remaining internment on Thursday.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

The Related Press contributed to this report.