ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing , giving the perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy.

“We need his voice,” the 80-year-old Lewis told reporters ahead of the campaign’s Tuesday announcement. He described the 77-year-old Biden as “a man of courage, a man of great conscience, a man of faith,” and said the former vice president would “help us regain our way as a nation.”

A 17-term Atlanta congressman, but said he’d “travel around America” for Biden if are eased amid the .

Lewis tailored a message to younger black voters who’ve not backed Biden with the same enthusiasm as older African Americans.

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