(WXYZ) — Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the lowering of the U.S. and Michigan flags in honor of Congressman John Lewis.
The flags within the State Capitol Complex, as well as on all public buildings and ground across that state will be brought to half-staff until Sunday.
“Congressman John Lewis was a civil rights legend who stood firmly on the front lines of our nation’s history,” said Governor Whitmer said in a news release. “Congressman Lewis dedicated his life to building a more just, equitable nation for Black Americans everywhere, and his unwavering commitment to public service has set an example for leaders across the country. His work with leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King transformed our nation. John Lewis was an icon, and I know that people everywhere will feel the impact of his passing. May we honor his legacy by continuing the work to fix the systemic racism Black Americans face every day and build a country where everyone, no matter the color of their skin, can find opportunity. My heart goes out to the congressman’s family and loved ones during this time.”