By Harvey Hoffman
Sixers coach Brett Brown made a point of educating his young team about why Lewis was such an historical figure.
Lewis sustained a fractured skull by an Alabama state trooper on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma during a march for voting rights to Montgomery, Ala.
He was the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington in 1963.
“The NBA Family mourns the passing of Rep. John Lewis, a great American hero and icon of the civil rights movement and the fight for equality who helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation and social injustice,” the league said.
❝ When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something. ❞
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 19, 2020