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Bezos donates $100 million to Obama foundation in honor of congressman John Lewis

Stock MarketsNov 22, 2021 11:06AM ET
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(Reuters) - Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos is donating $100 million to the Obama Foundation in honor of Congressman John Lewis, a hero of the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s who died last year, the foundation said on Monday.

As part of the gift Bezos has asked that the plaza at the Obama Presidential Center be named the John Lewis Plaza, the foundation said in a statement.

"Freedom fighters deserve a special place in the pantheon of

heroes, and I can't think of a more fitting person to honor with this gift than John Lewis," Bezos said in the statement.

A protege of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis led sit-ins to integrate all-white lunch counters, was one of the original "Freedom Riders" who integrated buses, and endured beatings by white police and mobs.

Bezos donates $100 million to Obama foundation in honor of congressman John Lewis
 

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Donald Hart
Donald Hart Nov 23, 2021 9:42AM ET
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That's like me donating $5. Bozo is so generous.
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John Avenetti Nov 22, 2021 12:06PM ET
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Dear God they're all placed there on the same team. use the debt created, create more wealth for them to share and destroy us.
 
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