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John Lewis Tribute on CBS August 4th

CBS plans to honor the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis with a primetime special on Tuesday.

The tribute event will be hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Gayle King and Brad Pitt. It is set to air at 10 p.m. ET on Aug. 4 on CBS and across several other ViacomCBS brands — including OWN, BET, MTV and Smithsonian, Variety reported.

“John Lewis was an extraordinary man,” Winfrey said in a statement to Variety. “A man of great vision who lived a life with the purpose of making sure America lived out its ideals.”

“This is a celebration of the ‘boy from Troy,’” Perry added. “A forefather of the civil rights movement, who would live to see his contributions for equality result in witnessing the swearing in of the first Black United States president.”

The special, dubbed John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero, will feature musical performances, interviews, and conversations about Lewis’ life and legacy.