Apple on Sunday updated its home page in memory of Congressman and prominent black civil rights pioneer John Lewis, who died on Friday after a battle with cancer,media reported. As part of the support of political leaders and civil rights activists over the weekend, Apple’s website has been updated to pay tribute to Lewis. After Sunday morning’s update, a large photo of Lewis appeared on the site, along with the motto: “Never, never be afraid to make noise and get into trouble, the necessary trouble.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook also agreed with the site’s tributes, posting on Twitter about the passing of “an American hero.” Cook referred to Lewis’s work “for all of us”, suggesting that “his life’s work has shaped our history, and his legacy has inspired us to continue to move forward for racial equality and justice.”
Rep. Lewis, one of the “Big Six” civil rights leaders who was associated with Martin Luther King Jr., one of the organizers behind the 1963 Washington March, spoke at the same rally that Martin Luther King Jr. gave in his historic speech, “I Have a Dream,” and became chairman of the committee from 1963 to 1966 after helping to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee.
In 1965, a march across the Petts Bridge in Selma led to what was known as “Bloody Sunday”, when Lewis and others were beaten by state police, and news images of the attack were believed to have helped advance the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 1977, he was also asked by former President Jimmy Carter to head the ACTION Federal Volunteer Service.
He was elected to Congress in 1986 and has represented Georgia’s Fifth District since January 1987. In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Lewis, who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, revealed in December that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 of pancreatic cancer.