African American History Month
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Congressman John Lewis
"If you're not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you're consistent, you will succeed.
"I was so inspired by Dr. King that in 1956, with some of my brothers and sisters and first cousins - I was only 16 years old - we went down to the public library trying to check out some books, and we were told by the librarian that the library was for whites only and not for colors. It was a public library."
"The civil rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith."
Why is he important?!
John Lewis is a congressman that was born February, 21 1940. He is 77 years old and was born in Troy, Alabama. He went to Fisk University. He grew up on his parents farm during the time of segregation. He said that he was inspired by Martin Luther King.
John Lewis grew up in an time of segregation. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., he joined the Civil Rights Movement. Lewis was a Freedom Rider, spoke at 1963's March on Washington and led the demonstration that became known as "Bloody Sunday."
John Lewis is a U.S. representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district and a civil rights leader. he has been serving since 1987. He is also the dean of Georgia congressional delegation.
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