“We are one people with one family. We all live in the same house… and through books, through information, we must find a way to say to people that we must lay down the burden of hate. For hate is too heavy a burden to bear.”John Lewis
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”John Lewis
“Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.”John Lewis
“Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part. And if we believe in the change we seek, then it is easy to commit to doing all we can, because the responsibility is ours alone to build a better society and a more peaceful world.”John Lewis
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”John Lewis
“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. We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something.”John Lewis
John Robert Lewis Short Biography
Born on 21 February 1940 in Troy, Alabama, United States, John Robert Lewis was a former American politician and civil rights leader.
In 1955, Lewis heard Martin Luther King Jr. on the radio, this moment inspired him and was the catalyst to many of his choices later in life. In the same year, he held his first public sermon.
Lewis graduated from American Baptist College in 1961 and became a Baptist minister shortly after. Six years later he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Fisk University.
As a student in college he became active in the civil rights movement and organized sit-ins, due to this was arrested several times. Lewis was part of the original 13 Freedom Riders who rode to New Orleans in integrated buses in 1961.
In 1963, Lewis was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee of which he was chairman. Lewis was part of what was called the Big Six, a group of leaders who organized the March on Washington, a protest for jobs and freedom.
Lewis ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and won in November of that year. From 1988-2018 Lewis was reelected 16 times and was representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. He was considered one of the most liberal members of the House of Representatives.
- Why John Lewis Kept Telling the Story of Civil Rights, Even Though it Hurt – Time
- John Lewis Remembered in DC for Civil Rights Legacy, Impact on Community – NBC Washington
- Five Things to Know About Congressman John Lewis – AJC
- John Lewis: ‘Good Troublemaker’ and Tireless Activist – Fox 5
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