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Death of Congressman John Lewis

Civil Rights leader

Congressman John Lewis, instrumental figure in the Civil Rights movement, is remembered by his family as "a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America."

Read more about his life by clicking on a link below:

"John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon, Dies at 80: Often called the “conscience” of Congress, he dedicated his life to activism and service"

"John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80"

"John Lewis Represented the Best of America: No one of moral character could ever deny the goodness of this man"

Watch the full video of Congressman John Lewis's funeral here:

A teacher said to him, "Read my child, read," and in 1956, at the age of 15 he went to the public library to get a library card but was refused because of the color of his skin. Watch what he as to say about this when he accepted the 2016 National Book Award:

Or request a book about him in our catalog, or find more about him in one of our databases at

Created by Mary Williams on Jul 25th, 2020 @ 3:55 PM.
Updated on Aug 26th, 2020 @ 2:52 PM.