Q&A with John Lewis
Representative John Lewis (D-GA) talked about his autobiography, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, about his own… read more
Representative John Lewis (D-GA) talked about his autobiography, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, about his own early involvement in the non-violent protests of the civil rights movement. He recounted his experience leading a group of students across the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Alabama when he was 25 years old, and how he and other students were beaten and arrested by state troopers. He commented on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael and other early participants in the movement. He described meeting his wife at a dinner party in 1967, and his early childhood interest in becoming a minister.
John Lewis was first elected to his 5th District seat in 1986. Before that, he served on the Atlanta city council. He was born in Troy, Alabama, and attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary and Fisk University, majoring in philosophy. He was the longest serving chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. close
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