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Governor Cooper orders flags to half-staff

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of Rep. John Lews and Rev. C.T. Vivian.
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of Rep. John Lews and Rev. C.T. Vivian.(WITN)
Published: Jul. 18, 2020 at 4:03 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) -

Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff in honor of U.S. Representative John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian who both passed away on Friday.

The order takes effect immediately and will last through sunset on Sunday.

Rep. Lewis was 80-years old, and a life-long civil rights activist. He was the youngest person to address the 1963 March on Washington, and was an organizer for the 1965 Selma, Alabama voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1987.

Rev. Vivian was 95-years old, and was also a civil rights leader and minister. He was a Freedom Rider who served as the first National Affiliates Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

He was also an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the American Civil Rights Movement.

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