Former President George W. Bush started his tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis by recalling the civil rights icon's childhood, on a farm in Alabama.
Bush described how Lewis preached to the chickens, and tended to their every need. The young Lewis once refused to eat one of the flock.
"Going hungry was his first act of non-violent protest," Bush joked.
Bush went on to describe Lewis' character.
"He always thought of others. He always believed in preaching the gospel, in word and in deed, insisting that hate and fear had to be answered with love and hope," he said.