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Full Coverage Of Congressman John Lewis’ Ceremony At The State Capitol

A military honor guard moves with the casket of Rep. John Lewis at the state capital, Wednesday in Atlanta. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died on July 17.
A military honor guard moves with the casket of Rep. John Lewis at the state capital, Wednesday in Atlanta. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died on July 17.
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As Atlanta continued to remember the civil rights giant rep. John Lewis in Georgia’s Capitol this week, WABE’s Jim Burress and the “All Things Considered” team closely followed keynote speakers at the Wednesday ceremony at the capitol building, including Gov. Brian Kemp, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and State Rep. Karen Bennett, who is chairwoman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

The six-day-long Celebration of Life ceremonies of the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis concluded with a funeral at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church on Thursday morning.

Lewis was the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Monday. His service in Washington D.C. unified lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

His moral conscience, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, was what Lewis was so often remembered for during his more than three decades in Congress.

Pat St. Claire and Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.