The country community, like many across the U.S., are grieving the loss of U.S. Representative John Lewis, who was a civil rights activist and an advocate for change over the past few decades.
Many country stars expressed their grief over the loss of Lewis on their social media profiles just hours after the news of Lewis’ death was released Friday (July 17). They spoke of their gratitude for the congressman’s service to the country and the hope he provided for millions throughout his lengthy public service career.
“RIP John Lewis. Braver than all of us,” Bobby Bones wrote on Twitter, accompanying a photo of Lewis.
Trisha Yearwood retweeted the post with a nod toward Bones’ sentiment saying, “Amen.” Maren Morris also commented about the loss on her Twitter, by retweeting an article of Lewis’ death with the message, “Rest in Peace, John Lewis. Here’s to more ‘good trouble.'”
Charlie Worsham took to Instagram to add his gratitude to the politician, captioning his black and white photo post, “thank you, John Lewis, for showing us the way. may we continue the journey you began #goodtrouble.” Likewise, Rita Wilson put a similar post on her profile, adding, “I thank this man for all he has done. God rest his soul.”
A powerful remembrance by Brad Paisley made his Instagram as he posted side-by-side photos showing Lewis’ impact on civil rights. Paisley told his connection to Lewis in a meaningful manner writing, “John Lewis sat at the Nashville @woolworthon5th lunch counter in Feb, 1960, and was arrested for it. And he never gave up the fight. I can’t imagine this world without his bravery or sacrifice. Rest in Peace.” He then went on to tell his own story of honoring the late Representative by having lunch with a friend at that same counter just a year ago.
Rep. John Lewis was one of the “Big Six” civil rights activists who helped organize the iconic March on Washington back in 1963. He went on to lead many movements, including the Bloody Sunday March held in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.
Lewis served 17 terms in the House of Representatives throughout his political career. He died at the age of 80 after undergoing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.