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Congressman John Lewis from Georgia (R) is seen on the floor before US President Barack Obama's State Of The Union address on January 20, 2015 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MANDEL NGAN

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FILE- This April 10, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama greeted by Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., as he arrives to speak at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. A civil rights icon who is now an influential member of the House became the latest prominent Democrat on Monday to oppose one of President Barack Obama's picks to become a federal judge. A strongly worded three-paragraph statement by Lewis dealt yet another embarrassing blow to Obama and his selection of Michael Boggs to become a federal district judge in Lewis' home state of Georgia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, was among the civil rights activists who gathered Monday to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, "one of the founding fathers of the New America," who died Oct. 5. (Associated Press)