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John Lewis (politician)

American politician and civil rights leader

John Lewis (born February 21, 1940) is an American politician. He was an important leader in the American Civil Rights Movement, organizing the March 7, 1965 Selma march.


  • "Next time we march we may have to keep going when we get to Montgomery. We may have to on to Washington."
    • Told to New York Times on March 7, 1965 by Lewis, chairman of the Student Non-violent Co-ordinating Committee and organizer of the Selma to Montgomery march after police stopped the demonstrators with violence.
    • As noted on On This Day, BBC. (url accessed on October 22, 2008)
  • "I thought I was going to die a few times. On the Freedom Ride in the year 1961, when I was beaten at the Greyhound bus station in Montgomery, I thought I was going to die. On March 7th, 1965, when I was hit in the head with a night stick by a State Trooper at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death, but nothing can make me question the philosophy of nonviolence."


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