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Lewis Released From Hospital

Was on a flight from Detroit to Atlanta when he felt dizziness

Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis was hospitalized on Saturday night and released Sunday night. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. John Lewis was released from the hospital on Sunday night after being hospitalized in Atlanta on Saturday.

Lewis was sent to the hospital on Saturday night after feeling dizzy and sweaty while on a flight from Detroit to Atlanta, where he was to attend an event, WSB-TV reported.

The Georgia Democrat’s spokesperson said Lewis was given a “clean bill of health” but there were no other details given about his condition.

That statement said the longtime congressman thanked everyone who shared their thoughts, prayers and concerns.

Lewis is 78 years old and is the last surviving member of the “Big Six” who organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech.

As director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Lewis’ planned speech was censored at the time.

Lewis was an organizer and marched in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 for voting rights and was one of the original Freedom Riders. He had his skull fractured in a confrontation with state troopers in Selma on what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”

Lewis has served in the House since 1987.

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