Apple has transformed its home page to honor Rep. John Lewis. The civil rights icon and longtime Congressman died Friday at age 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The home page, which normally promotes Apple products, instead features a photograph of Lewis and one of his most famous quotes: “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
Lewis, who was Black, was born in 1940 in Alabama. The son of sharecroppers, he joined the civil rights movement to fight segregation when he was a teenager in the late 1950s and became a close follower of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Lewis joined sit-ins and marches, including the infamous Bloody Sunday march in 1965 across a bridge in Selma, Alabama. Lewis suffered a near-fatal beating from police while marching that day, according to CBS News. He helped form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the Voter Education Project.
He was arrested more than 40 times over his lifetime in the fight for equal rights, according to CBS News. He was elected to the Atlanta city council in the early 1980s and then ran for Congress. He served in the US House of Representatives for 17 terms, a Democrat representing Georgia. President Barack Obama awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Lewis continued to speak out against injustice as he was fighting cancer. He decried the police killing of George Floyd, who died May 25 as a Minneapolis officer pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes. “The madness must stop,” Lewis said.
Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted about Lewis on Friday, calling him an “American hero.”
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