John Lewis Biography

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John Lewis Biography

John Lewis(1940- )

He was elected into congress in 1986. He also received the Presidental Award in 2011. When Barack Obama became president, he said,"When we were organizing voter-registration drives, going on the Freedom Rides, sitting in, coming here to Washington for the first time, getting arrested, going to jail, being beaten, I never thought—I never dreamed—of the possibility that an African American would one day be elected president of the United States."

Late- Life

Early Life

He was one of the big reasons that the March of Washington went on and he was also one of the founders of the SNCC, which is very important to the Civil Rights Movement.

Why John Lewis will be remmbered today

Lusted, Marcia Amidon. "John Lewis." Cobblestone. Feb. 2014: 36-37. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 06 Nov. 2015. "John Lewis." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2015. Web. 9 Nov. 2015. . Editors. "John Lewis Biography." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 9 Nov. 2015. .

He started to organize sit-ins at lunch counters. He trained and volunteered to become a Freedom Rider in 1961. He was also the Chairman/ Founding Member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commitie (SNCC). He spoke and lead the March on Washington on 1965. He then got on that day, now known as Bloody Sunday, a skull fracture. He left SNCC in 1966. Then in 1968 later he married Lillian Miles.

Mid- Life


He contributed to the Civil Rights Movement by being a Freedom Rider, a founder of SNCC, leaded the March on Washington, and organizing sit ins.

Contributions to the Civil Rights Movement

John Robert Lewis was born on Feburary 21, 1940 near Troy, Alabama. His parents were sharecroppers and he often worked with them. He was also devestated about Supreme Courts ruling in 1954's Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka didn't affect his school life at all. He heard about Martin Luther King Jr. and wanted to help.

John Lewis (Now)

John Lewis (1960s)

Maybe we will emerge as a model for the rest of the world, It may take a ltttle time, but we got to keep pushing, and never give up, and never lose hope.


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