Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who directed the 2014 MLK film "Selma," which featured actor Stephan James playing Lewis, reacted to the news of Lewis' passing on Twitter.
"Thank you for your care and kindness, your advice and understanding," she wrote, retweeting a post from December that featured photos of her with Lewis. "Will never forget what you taught me and what you challenged me to be. Better. Stronger. Bolder. Braver. God bless you, Ancestor John Robert Lewis of Troy, Alabama. Run into His arms."
"Rest in Heavenly peace Mr. John Lewis. Thank you for your service, for your commitment to change and your courage. You did great with your time on this earth," actress Viola Davis wrote, adding the quote, "'Goodnight sweet Prince. May flights of angels sing the to thy rest.'" And...pour some blessings on us down here."
Actor Samuel L. Jackson wrote, "What A Day... now, John Lewis. Sometimes it’s Good to meet a Hero... I was blessed every time we met. RI POWER, Sir.#thestrugglecontinues#BLM#VOTE."
"Oh how we will mourn your loss and yet strive to continue your fight for justice for us all!" Angela Bassett tweeted alongside a photo of her and Lewis, adding one of his famous quotes: "We must never, ever give up! We must be brave,bold,courageous."
Former President Barack Obama, who awarded Lewis the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, tweeted, "Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did." Obama also issued a statement, honoring Lewis legacy and impact on American history.
Former Vice President and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden also paid tribute to Lewis, sharing posts on social media and issuing a statement.
"We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis. He was truly one-of-a-kind, a moral compass who always knew where to point us and which direction to march," Biden tweeted. "To John's family, friends, staff, and constituents, Jill and I send you our love and prayers."
"I know of no man with more courage than John Lewis," Biden added in another tweet, alongside a video montage. "He was a giant walking among us. When I saw him, I couldn’t help but think one thing: 'I haven't done enough.' May his life and legacy inspire every one of us to strive for justice, equality and what is right."
President Donald Trump, who is currently at his golf course in Virginia amid the coronavirus, personally acknowledged Lewis' death on Saturday afternoon, writing, "Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family."
Read on to see more reactions from Hollywood:
Thank you for your care and kindness, your advice and understanding. Will never forget what you taught me and what you challenged me to be. Better. Stronger. Bolder. Braver. God bless you, Ancestor John Robert Lewis of Troy, Alabama. Run into His arms. https://t.co/DTUEw7cJzX
Rest in Heavenly peace Mr. John Lewis. Thank you for your service, for your committment to change and your courage. You did great with your time on this earth. "Goodnight sweet Prince. May flights of angels sing the to thy rest." And...pour some blessings on us down here 🙏🏿❤️ pic.twitter.com/9ZBSnLYmMa
Last week when there were false rumors of Congressman John Lewis’ passing, Gayle and I called and were able to speak with him. He sounded weak but was surprisingly more alert than we expected. pic.twitter.com/8kRRDMTvFm
"History will not be kind to us. So you have a moral obligation, a mission and a mandate, to speak up, speak out and get in good trouble. You can do it. You must do it. Not just for yourselves but for generations yet unborn." - John Lewis#RIPJohnLewispic.twitter.com/Xl6uWB6Ty8
Walking the halls of Congress & speaking to @repjohnlewis was a moment I will NEVER forget. He took his time & spoke into me affirmations and Power! With conviction he told me his vision for liberation includes trans people. I absolutely am because of YOU! #RIPJohnLewis 💔 pic.twitter.com/mRKfnzPBFO
"I have been beaten, my skull fractured & arrested more than 40 times so that each & every person has the right to register & vote. Do your part. Get out there & vote like you've never voted before."-John Lewis: Hero-Civil Rights Icon-Inspiration-Legend💔#RestInPower#goodtroublepic.twitter.com/4hBTsnSW5B
It is heartbreaking to have such titans stripped from us when we need their voices the most. Thank you John Lewis for your selfless and beautiful life. You will never be forgotten. #RIPJohnLewis — civil rights icon and longtime congressman, dies https://t.co/cjkcGxx3LS
And on the same day, we lose another American hero, Congressman John Lewis. Beating within an inch of his life on Bloody Sunday in Selma Alabama’65. There is blood on that ballot box that he shed to protect our rights for generations to come. He changed America. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/MXrOHBUUFU
Some people leave a wake in their lives that so positively affects not only those around them but those far and wide, that their memory and impact will ripple on for forever - long past they’re gone. John Lewis is one of those people. ♥️ https://t.co/LUXvd0tOY3
This is the man that taught us all how to get into some #GoodTrouble. One of my heroes. A true legend. Thank you for teaching us how to fight for liberty & justice for all mankind. This photo was taken at the @HRC Dinner in DC 2016 right before the world blew up. RIP #JohnLewispic.twitter.com/8BPFqCb5eA
We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis. He was truly one-of-a-kind, a moral compass who always knew where to point us and which direction to march. To John’s family, friends, staff, and constituents, Jill and I send you our love and prayers.
I know of no man with more courage than John Lewis. He was a giant walking among us. When I saw him, I couldn’t help but think one thing: “I haven’t done enough.” May his life and legacy inspire every one of us to strive for justice, equality and what is right. pic.twitter.com/jtoCnmjexz
John Lewis was the truest kind of patriot. He believed America could be better, even live up to its highest founding ideals of equality & liberty for all. He made good trouble to help us get there. Now it’s up to the rest of us to carry on his work. Rest in power, my friend. pic.twitter.com/a3gEAiMzp3
John Lewis gave all he had to redeem America’s unmet promise of equality and justice for all, and to create a place for us to build a more perfect union together. In so doing he became the conscience of the nation.
My friend, role model, and activist extraordinaire has passed. Congressman John Lewis taught us how to be an activist. He changed the world without hate, rancor or arrogance. A rare and great man. Rest in Power and may God finally give you peace. #RIPJohnLewispic.twitter.com/uQY48LoFzx
We have lost an American hero. John Lewis guided us toward a more righteous world. He marched in Selma, he marched on Washington—he marched for us all. His life's work shaped our history and his legacy inspires us to continue the march for racial equity and justice. pic.twitter.com/WqW11757Io
.@RepJohnLewis was a titan of the civil rights movement whose goodness, faith and bravery transformed our nation. Every day of his life was dedicated to bringing freedom and justice to all. pic.twitter.com/xMbfAUhLUv
God has welcomed @repjohnlewis home. Defender of justice. Champion of right. Our conscience, he was a griot of this modern age, one who saw its hatred but fought ever towards the light. And never once did he begrudge sharing its beauty. I loved him & will miss him. #JohnLewispic.twitter.com/XNbiEsClQl
John Lewis was an icon who fought with every ounce of his being to advance the cause of civil rights for all Americans. I'm devastated for his family, friends, staff—and all those whose lives he touched.