Rep. John Lewis – the 78-year-old Georgian Democrat who played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement – was hospitalized after receiving reports of local medical reports after suffering a medical emergency.
Lewis got sick in an airplane when he flew home to Atlanta on Saturday, WSB-TV reports. He had been expected at an event in the afternoon.
In a statement to the television station, the congressman's office described his hospitalization as "routine observation," but did not disclose details of what sent him there.
"He is resting comfortably and expects to be released tomorrow," the statement said.
Lewis's political legacy dates back to the era of racial segregation when he was arrested, brutally beaten and continually witnessed death in the quest for equality under the law for Africans, "as Jonathan Capehart wrote for the Washington Post ,
The son of black tenants, he became one of the original freedom riders fighting for racial integration. He spoke on the Washington March as a young man in 1963, and had been a living congressional link to the civil rights struggles since he took office in 1986, when he held the 5th Congressional District of Georgia.
There was no answer to a request to Lewis & # 39; spokeswoman on Sunday morning
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