Practicing preaching to his chickens directed him to the path he follows later on in life. He treats each chicken as an individual and it hurts him to see them killed, this compassion is major part of his personality. His desire to preach from a young age is what influences him to be involved in the civil rights movement
First time Lewis hears of MLK
thank you again, you just heard Martin Luther King, Jr.
This trip with his uncle has a profound impact on him and shows him how society could be. He only sees segregation in his home town, on this trip he sees whites and blacks living alongside each other. A new idea then enters his head, that the system he is in can change and that a society in which are blacks are treated more equally is possible.
First nonviolence meeting
Power of words
His first sermon goes well and he receives a warm response from the audience and even gets put in the newspaper. This only further cements his resolve to make change in the community. The sermon makes him stand out as a motivated young man that is invested in those around him.
Marching to the Mayor's house
When he first heard MLK on the radio he felt as if he was directly preaching to Lewis and he really connected to what MLK was saying. His message of peace and nonviolence really stuck with Lewis and noticing how he wasn't the only one who felt this way pushed him to get involved.
In the first meeting with the nonviolence group Jim Lawson spoke and talked of alternative ways to fight the discrimination they all faced everyday. His words as Lewis puts it "liberated him", at this point he realized that the only solution to his people's problem is the way of nonviolence.
After a bombing, many marched on the mayor's house to directly confront him about this injustice. The mayor then stated he believed that lunch counters should serve all. This word of support from someone of power makes their movement gain even more momentum. People became to take more notice of the nonviolence movement.