ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta will lower flags to half-staff indefinitely to honor Rep. John Lewis, who represented the city for more than 30 years in Congress before his death, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Saturday.
Bottoms made the announcement in a statement that said words can’t describe the loss of Lewis, who made a career of politics in the city after years as one of the nation’s premier civil rights leaders.
“The people of Atlanta often called upon Congressman Lewis for counsel, guidance, and assistance with getting into good trouble. No matter how busy his schedule, or important his Washington duties were, he answered,” she said.
Arthur Blank, the owner of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, noted the city lost two civil rights icons in a single day: Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and important adviser to Martin Luther King Jr.
Vivian died Friday at the age of