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John Lewis, Georgia U.S representative and one of the “Big Six” that organized and orchestrated marches during the civil rights movement, died on July 17, 2020 due to pancreatic cancer.
John Lewis’ efforts during the civil rights movement, particularly the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march which became known as “Bloody Sunday”, heavily contributed to the institutionalization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This act guarantees “that the right of all citizens to vote, including the right to register to vote and cast meaningful votes, is preserved and protected as guaranteed by the Constitution”
John Lewis’ legacy has reached across various organizations and the United States government. He played a roll in the following movements, organizations, and branches of government, as well as many others.
- Nashville Student Movement
- Freedom Riders
- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee - As Chairman
- Field Foundation of New York
- Voter Education Project - As Director
- Atlanta City Council
- Georgia State Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives
Below is a short list of library books and films about or by John Lewis.
Using Interviews and rare archival footage, this chronicles Lewis's 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.
His Truth is Marching On
"John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, is a visionary and a man of faith. Using intimate interviews with Lewis and his family and deep research into the history of the civil rights movement, Meacham writes of how the activist and leader was inspired by the Bible, his mother's unbreakable spirit, his sharecropper father's tireless ambition, and his teachers in nonviolence
Across that bridge: Life lessons and a vision for change
Congressman Lewis draws from his experience as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement to offer timeless guidance to anyone seeking to live virtuously and transform the world.
The "March" series
Discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis. March is the award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounting his life in the movement, co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell.
The 32nd African American Read-In for Kenosha will be honoring the legacy of John Lewis on February 13, 2021