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Paul McCartney Calls for Pettus Bridge Be Renamed After John Lewis

“”He was such a great leader who fought with honesty and bravery for civil rights in America,” singer says of civil rights icon

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 24: Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is seen near the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the Capitol Rotunda before a memorial service for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., in Statuary Hall on Thursday, October 24, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images),

UPaul McCartney was among the many artists to remember Rep. John Lewis following the death of the civil rights icon Friday at the age of 80.

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Paul McCartney was among the many artists to remember Rep. John Lewis following the death of the civil rights icon Friday at the age of 80.

“Sad to hear the news that civil rights legend John Lewis died yesterday,” McCartney tweeted Saturday. “He was such a great leader who fought with honesty and bravery for civil rights in America. Long may his memory remain in our hearts.”

McCartney added, “How about renaming the famous Pettus Bridge that he and Martin Luther King Jr. and others walked across in the 60s for the civil rights movement and rename it the John Lewis Bridge?!!!”

The bassist then noted that he and his wife Nancy “are proud to support the NAACP and have recently donated to their legal defense fund.”

E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt similarly lobbied for the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama be renamed after Lewis, instead of Edmund Pettus, a former U.S. senator and one-time grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.

“RIP John Lewis. Major major loss. A good friend and ally when I needed one. Absolutely one of a kind. A real hero. The last hero. Man we need him so badly right now. Fixing this mess is going to be a lot harder without him. Travel well my friend. I was lucky to have known you,” Van Zandt tweeted Saturday.

Artists like Questlove, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Ice Cube, Rosanne Cash and dozens more also paid tribute to Lewis on social media.

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