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John Lewis gave a stirring speech at a MLK Day event while avoiding the Trump controversy

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John Lewis gave a moving speech at a breakfast marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Miami on Monday, but did not reference the recent controversy between him and President-elect Donald Trump, focusing on his own life and activist history alongside Dr. King.

Lewis, a famed civil rights activist himself, has been in the spotlight after calling Trump an "illegitimate president" last week. Trump responded by calling Lewis "all talk, talk talk, no action" on Twitter.

John Lewis gave a stirring speech at a MLK Day event while avoiding the Trump controversy

WATCH | Here's an excerpt of Lewis' speech.

That is the power of the way of peace, the way of love.
Rep. John Lewis

Lewis recounted his life history, including his friendship with Dr. King and how parts of his past played a role in his present.  He told the story of a KKK member that had beaten him and years later came to Lewis' congressional office and apologized. Lewis accepted his apology. 

Lewis urged young people to fight injustice.


"When you see something that is not just, not right, not fair, you have a moral obligation to do something...and not be quiet," Lewis said.

He also commented on modern racial tensions, saying "The scars of racism are deeply embedded within American society. We must not be at peace with ourselves as a nation."

Before the speech, Lewis honored Dr. King on Twitter.

During the speech, Michelle Obama honored Lewis on Twitter.

Observers were struck by Lewis' speech.

John Lewis gave a stirring speech at a MLK Day event while avoiding the Trump controversy

WATCH | Before the speech, Lewis' pastor, The Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, said Trump should "sit at John Lewis' feet and learn what service, sacrifice and integrity look like." 

Trump press secretary Sean Spicer said Lewis' anti-Trump remarks undermined his legacy.

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