In 2017, Lewis appeared on the episode “Arthur Takes A Stand,” in which he encourages Arthur to stand up to an injustice against beloved lunch lady, Mrs. MacGrady who also happens to be a friend of Lewis’.
The episode also highlights Lewis’ record as a civil rights pioneer.
On Sunday, Lewis, 79, announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“I’ve been in some kind of fight – for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life,” he said in a statement. “I have never faced a fight quite like this one…but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon.”
A native of Alabama, Lewis has spent 32 years in the U.S. House and has been re-elected 16 times, most recently in 2018.