Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-2020

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John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was an American politician, statesman, and civil rights activist and leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966.

Lewis was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In an incident which became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers and police attacked the marchers, including Lewis.

A member of the Democratic Party, Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1986 and served 17 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district he represented included most of Atlanta. Due to his length of service, he became the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. While in the House, Lewis was one of the leaders of the Democratic Party, serving from 1991 as a Chief Deputy Whip and from 2003 as a Senior Chief Deputy Whip. John Lewis received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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referencedIn Pendergrast, Nan, 1920-. Nan Pendergrast papers, 1935-1993. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Records of the 1976 Campaign Committee to Elect Jimmy Carter . 1976 - 1976. Sam Bleicher's Subject Files. 1976 - 1976. Voter Registration
referencedIn Robinson, Bernice, 1914-1994. Bernice V. Robinson papers, 1957-1985 (bulk 1960-1980). College of Charleston, Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library
referencedIn March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom John F. Kennedy Library
creatorOf Salvatore, Nick, 1943-. C. L. Franklin oral history project sound recordings, 1998-2002. [sound recording] University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.). Atlanta Office. Chairman's files, 1960-1969. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn Records of District Courts of the United States. 1685 - 2009. Civil Cases. 9/1938 - 11/26/1968. Hosea Williams, John Lewis, and Amelia Boynton et al. v. Honorable George C. Wallace, as Governor of the State of Alabama et al., Civil Action No. 2181-N United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Civil rights collection, 1960-1972 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Bond, Julian, 1940-. Julian Bond papers [manuscript], circa 1943-2006. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Rabin, Jack, 1945-. Jack Rabin collection on Alabama civil rights and southern activists, 1941-2004 (bulk 1956-1974). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Maloof, Manuel,. Manuel Maloof oral history interviews, 1994 June 13 and 15. Georgia State University
creatorOf Yancy, Roberta,. Civil rights collection, 1960-1972. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 5/13/77 [1]
referencedIn Good, Paul. Paul Good papers. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Lewis, John, 1940 Feb. 21-. John Lewis : commercials , 1986. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
creatorOf Salvatore, Nick, 1943-. C.L. Franklin oral history project, 1998-2002. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Brayboy, Ella Mae, 1919-. Ella Mae Brayboy papers, 1935-1994 (bulk 1970-1991). Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Central Library
referencedIn C. L. Franklin Oral History Project, 1998-2003 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn May Potential Appearances: 21st William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Hamilton, Grace Towns, 1907-. Grace Towns Hamilton oral history interview, 1977 July 16. Georgia State University
referencedIn Records of District Courts of the United States. 1685 - 2009. Civil Cases. 9/1938 - 11/26/1968. Hosea Williams, John Lewis, and Amelia Boynton et al. v. Honorable George C. Wallace, as Governor of the State of Alabama et al., Civil Action No. 2181-N. 9/1938 - 11/26/1968. Testimony from Hosea Williams, John Lewis, and Amelia Boynton et al. v. Honorable George C. Wallace, Governor of Alabama et al. United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Branch, Taylor. Taylor Branch papers, 1865-2009 (bulk 1958-2009). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Julian Bond papers [manuscript], 1968-2010. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.
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creatorOf The HistoryMakers Video Oral History with The Honorable John Lewis The HistoryMakers
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Brundidge AL US
Nashville TN US
Troy AL US
New York City NY US
Atlanta GA US
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Representatives, U.S. Congress--Georgia
Civil Rights Leader
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Civil rights workers
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Birth 1940-02-21

Death 2020-07-17

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