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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." https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/john-lewis-dead-civil-rights-icon-mlk-1030783/

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"
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/john-lewis-dead-civil-rights-icon-mlk-1030783/

"John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/us/john-lewis-dead.html

"John Lewis Represented the Best of America: No one of moral character could ever deny the goodness of this man" https://www.wsj.com/articles/john-lewis-represented-the-best-of-america-11595537186

Watch the full video of Congressman John Lewis's funeral here: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007264379/john-lewis-funeral.html

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqmYNOPVyO4

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

Created by Mary Williams on Jul 25th, 2020 @ 3:55 PM.
Updated on Jul 31st, 2020 @ 10:36 AM.