John Lewis (civil rights leader) facts for kids
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 5th district
January 3, 1987 – July 17, 2020
|Preceded by||Wyche Fowler|
|3rd Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee|
June 1963 – May 1966
|Preceded by||Charles McDew|
|Succeeded by||Kwame Ture|
John Robert Lewis
February 21, 1940
Troy, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||July 17, 2020
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
(m. 1968; died 2012)
|Education||American Baptist College (BA)
Fisk University (BA)
John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was an American politician and civil rights leader. He was the U.S. Representative for GA's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. He was a member of the Democratic Party.
John Lewis was born in 1940 in Troy, Alabama to Eddie Lewis and Willie Mae Lewis (née Carter), who were sharecroppers in Pike County, Alabama. Sharecroppers were people who were allowed to rent a part of a piece of land for return of a share of the crops they harvested. He was the third of ten children.
He experienced segregation as a young boy in the Southern United States. When he went to visit relatives in the Northern US, he learned that places there were integrated and served Black people and white people equally.
Lewis married Lilian Miles in 1968. They had a son, John-Miles. Lillian died on December 31, 2012.
In December 2019, Lewis was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He died in Atlanta, Georgia on July 17, 2020 from the disease, aged 80.
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Civil rights leaders meet with President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office of the White House after the March on Washington, D.C.. Left to Right – Willard Wirtz, Matthew Ahmann, Martin Luther King, Jr, John Lewis, Rabbi Joachin Prinz, Eugene Carson Blake, A. Philip Randolph, President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Walter Reuther, Whitney Young, Floyd McKissick. Not in order: Roy Wilkins. August 28, 1963
Senator Hillary Clinton interviews John Lewis in August 2005, concerning the importance of the Supreme Court to civil rights
Lewis speaks during the final day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.
John Lewis at the 2017 Women's March in Atlanta
Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Barack Obama in 2011
Lewis receives an honorary degree from Brown University in 2012
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