Nashville names street after civil rights icon John Lewis

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John Lewis (Credit: House Democrats)

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) — Officials in Nashville, Tennessee, have renamed most of a street after civil rights icon John Lewis, who help desegregate the city’s lunch counters before becoming a long-serving congressman in Georgia.

The Tennessean reports Metro Council members voted Thursday to rename a large portion of Fifth Avenue North to Rep. John Lewis Way.

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A request to rename the street included some of the highlights of Lewis’ work and its impact.

As a college student at American Baptist College and then Fisk University, Lewis helped desegregate public spaces in Nashville and pushed for racial justice across the South. Lewis died July 17.

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