The ceremonies remembering the life and work of longtime Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis concluded in Atlanta this week. They began in Alabama last weekend, then headed to Washington, D.C.–where Lewis would become the first Black lawmaker to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. It would be the same at the state Capitol in Atlanta, where scores of people mourned his passing and came to celebrate his life.
Not long after John Lewis led the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama–an event that became known as “Bloody Sunday” after state troopers beat protesters who were demonstrating for voting rights– President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Bill of 1965. In 2013, a key provision of that bill was changed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Essentially, before the Court’s ruling, discriminatory voting rules proposed by state governments could be blocked by the federal government before they were implemented and harmed voters.
Herman Cain passed away this week from complications of COVID-19. He was 74. Cain was the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a former candidate for president and in Atlanta, a former radio show host.
Cain had been ill and hospitalized for several weeks after contracting COVID-19. It is unclear where or when he was infected, but as an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, Cain did attend Trump’s Tulsa, Oklahoma rally in June. Less than two weeks later Cain, who had underlying conditions, announced he had contracted COVID-19.