John Lewis Fight For Rights

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John Lewis Fight For Rights

Being born into a racially discriminative society was tough to inspire young John Lewis to follow the path of Martin Luther King Jr. and while having a generally happy childhood he grew up with the desire to change the world for the better. Eager to join the civil rights movement John became active in persueing his dream at a young age. Although he was still young, he went on to learn of nonviolent protest that would later largely impact todays society and also prove that they were not the bad guys yet were still being locked up.

Historical Context

1940 - Born in Troy, Alabama. 1961 - Went to participate in Freedom Rides. 1963 - Became Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. 1965- led a march from Selma, Alabama 1986 - Elected to the House Of Represenatives 2001- Recieved Presidential Medal of Freedom

During the mid 1900s it was the start of the civil rights movement for african americans in the United States, the people were fed up with the lack of human rights that were given to colored people. Those of colored skin rallied together in hundreds on protest during this time for equality and a better way of life. This included John Lewis who was inspired by Rosa Parks and Marin Luther King Jr. along with other civil rights activist during his youth.

Lasting Impact

Througout his lifetime John Lewis struggled for eqaulity both in the form of many Nonviolent protest and running for office himself. This allowed him to help bring about many changes to benefit not only colored people but the United States as a whole. Furthermore, he continued his work by creating graphic novels about the Civil Rights Movement.


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"We all recognize the fact that if any radical social, political and economic changes are to take place in our society, the people, the masses, must bring them about."




Although many people during the 1900s believed that African Americans did dot deserve the same rights as others, John Lewis should be remembered for the change he brought to our nation through many nonviolent protest and rallys he organized and participated in along with his time spent in office.

Throughout his life spent fighting for his rights, John Lewis had been not only beaten for his beliefs but also thrown in jail on several occasions simply for standing up for what is right. Although some people believe that one man could not impact racial segregation as a whole, John Lewis struggled everyday for the chance to live an equal life and brought change by standing for what is right both then for his race and now for his country. He is still active today in removing descrimination from our communities.


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