In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Congressman Lewis delivered a keynote address after a day-long civil rights conference.
Since 1987, John Lewis has represented Georgia's 5th congressional district, which encompasses most of Atlanta. From age 18 when he met Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis played a crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee(SNCC) and was the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. From organizing the first lunch-counter sit-in, participating in the Freedom Rides to the legendary Marches on Washington and from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL Lewis braved police brutality and physical violence in the name of civil rights. Here, Congressman Lewis reflects upon his work and what receiving this medal signifies to him.
Our guest is Congressman John Lewis, Democrat from Georgia's 5th congressional district and author of a newly released historical narrative titled, "Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change." Lewis talks about his own early involvement in the non-violent protests of the civil rights movement. He recounts his experience in leading a group of students across the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Alabama when he was 25 years old.
On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, witness a conversation with longtime congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis about his latest journey using graphic novels to move young people to embrace nonviolence. In the late 1950s, his own mentors, Rev. Jim Lawson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., used a remarkable comic book to teach young people the fundamental principles of nonviolent social resistance. Now, following in their footsteps, Congressman Lewis has embarked on a nationwide campaign to use his award-winning graphic memoir series March to inspire a new generation to take up the fight against injustice in America.
"U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, gave a fiery speech at the "Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action," speaking of the challenges he faced as a pioneer for civil rights in the 1960s. Lewis -- the only living speaker from the original March on Washington -- spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., telling the crowd that America has come a long way, but still has work to do." - PBS Newshour