Topics » Social Issues   Oct. 16, 2012

Continuing King's Legacy

John Lewis

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The National MemorialMarian Wright EdelmanJulian BondJuanita AbernathyJesse JacksonBernice KingJohn LewisAndrew Young

John Lewis

Moved by the Montgomery bus boycott at age 17, Rep. John Lewis corresponded with King who advocated he join the cause in Alabama. Lewis was a student at Fisk University when be became an active motivator of youth involvement in civil rights. He founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and organized early sit-ins at segregated lunch counters. Lewis gave the keynote speech at the 1963 March on Washington and was named one of the "Big Six" leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Since 1986, Lewis has served in the U.S. House of Representatives where he has continued his legacy of courage and integrity.