Congressman John Lewis
Congressman John Lewis incarnates the civil rights movement that transformed the South and then the nation. Born to a family of sharecroppers in Troy, Alabama, he was educated at American Baptist College and at Fisk University. He conducted sit-ins in Nashville, and also became a Freedom Rider (sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality). As chairperson of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, Lewis spoke at the March on Washington in 1963, and is the last surviving major participant of that epochal moment in American history. Lewis subsequently made a successful transition (to quote Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington) “from protest to politics.” Since 1987 Lewis has represented, as a Democrat, the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia, which covers much of Atlanta. Our keynote speaker is the author of an autobiography, Walking with the Wind (1999), and recently became the first member of the U. S. Congress to publish a graphic novel, March: Book One, which he co-authored. For additional biographical information, please see Congressman Lewis' website.
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