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#5801 John Lewis, Civil Rights Leader

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John Lewis (1940–2020) was an iconic American civil rights leader and politician. Born on February 21, 1940, in Troy, Alabama, Lewis grew up experiencing racial segregation and injustice in the South. He became deeply involved in the civil rights movement during college, eventually joining the prominent activist group, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Lewis played key roles in many significant civil rights protests and events, including the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington in 1963, and the historic Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. He was a tireless advocate for nonviolent protest and faced violence and arrest numerous times during his activism.

Transitioning to politics, Lewis served as a member of the Atlanta City Council before being elected to represent Georgia's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in 1986. Throughout his tenure in Congress, spanning over three decades, Lewis remained committed to civil rights, human rights, and social justice issues.

John Lewis was awarded numerous honors for his lifelong commitment to equality and justice, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He passed away on July 17, 2020, leaving behind a profound legacy as a fearless champion of civil rights and a beacon of hope for generations to come.


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