Georgia Representative John Lewis (D), the Civil Rights activist who was called the “conscience” of the U.S. Congress, died on July 17, 2020, at the age of 80.
While a seminary student, Lewis studied non-violence and organized sit-ins that desegregated Nashville eateries in 1960. In 1961 he was among the 13 Freedom Riders who embarked on a dangerous journey to desegregate interstate travel.
As chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lewis co-led the 1963 March on Washington. During the 1965 Selma march, police fractured his skull, one of many injuries he suffered from white crowds and police. From 1970-77 he was director of the Voter Education Project. Following service in President Carter’s administration and the Atlanta City Council, Lewis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986.Stream Film: John Lewis: Get in the Way