President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has extended “deepest condolences” to the family of Late civil rights icon John Lewis as well as the government and the people of the United States of America. This was contained in a tweet sent in the early evening of Saturday July 18.
“I received the sad news of the death of one of the icons of the Civil Rights Movements in the United States of America, Congressman John Lewis,” the president’s tweet began. The tweet recalled the president playing host to a Congressional delegation to Ghana as part of the activities to commemorate Ghana’s hugely famous Year of Return in 2019 of which Congressman John Lewis was a part.
President Akufo-Addo acknowledged that John Lewis’ was a “life well lived”
DNT Washington DC Correspondent recalls meeting the Civil Rights Icon for the first time. “He was a true statesman and it was great to meet him. He lectured us a bit of his civil right days.”
To attempt to describe the life of Congressman John Lewis is to try and write a book. Lewis, who as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington, played many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States.
Later, he became a leader of the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1991 until his death yesterday as a Chief Deputy Whip and Senior Chief Deputy Whip from 2003. He was survived by a son he named after himself but with a middle name of Miles