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Bro. John Lewis




Civil rights leader Bro. John Lewis is a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 5th district. In his younger day Bro Lewis was one of the founding members of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) eventually becoming its chairman and one of the original Freedom Riders (a group of both black and white students who were determined to ride from Washington, DC, to New Orleans in an integrated fashion, which was illegal in certain states at that time. By 1963, he was recognized as one of the "Big Six" leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, along with Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph, James Farmer and Roy Wilkins; and played a key role in the struggle to end legalized racial discrimination and segregation. Lewis also helped plan the historic March on Washington in August of 1963, the occasion of Dr. King's celebrated "I Have a Dream" speech.

Currently, he is the last remaining speaker from the march. Lewis represented SNCC, and at 23 was the youngest speaker that day. Bro Lewis first ran for elective office in 1977, when a vacancy occurred in , but lost the race to Atlanta City Councilman and future U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler. In 1986 Bro. Lewis again ran for the office of House Rep in Georgia's 5th congressional district and this time won, a position which he has defended and retained 13 times and currently holds to this day. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution considers Lewis as the "only former major civil rights leader who extended his fight for human rights and racial reconciliation to the halls of Congress"