Congressman John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was an important figure in the American Civil Rights movement of the mid-20th Century. He served as a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was integral in the planning and execution of the historic March on Washington in 1963 and the Selma march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. Lewis dedicated his life to public service, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1987 until his death.
If you would like to learn more about John Lewis, consider checking out at the books and films below.
By John Lewis
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Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. – From OverDrive
John Lewis: Civil Rights Champion and Congressman
By Alison Morretta
The history of the United States is filled with African American leaders who heroically fought for equality through words and deeds. These men and women sacrificed their safety and, in some cases, their lives for the cause. One of the most courageous among them is John Lewis, who has been on the front lines of this struggle for decades. From the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s to his present-day work as a United States Congressman, Lewis has fought for equality for all Americans. This book uses photographs, sidebars, and primary sources to examine his greatest achievements, both historical and contemporary, and explore how his bravery and dedication to nonviolent direct action have effected real change in the United States. – From Hoopla
John Lewis and Desegregation
By Gerry Boehme
John Lewis was on the front lines of the civil rights movement, suffering a fractured skull in the voting rights march in Selma, Alabama. Courageous in the face of discrimination, he practiced nonviolence to break down the walls of segregation. This man of principle, now a representative from Georgia, has been called the conscience of the US Congress. – From Hoopla
This is the story of the making of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, told by the people who organized and participated in it. It includes interviews with some of the key actors; members of the inner circles of the core organizational groups; Hollywood supporters and civil rights campaigners; John F. Kennedy administration officials; and the ordinary people who became part of the crowd of thousands, who thronged to Washington D.C. by all and every means: plane, bus and car.
It is a story of massive achievement, the catalyst to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the beginnings of the legacy of freedom for all American citizens.
THE MARCH is the story of discrimination, defiance and victory told by the people who made it happen and whose lives it changed forever. – From Kanopy
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historical struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. – From PALS Plus