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John Lewis (b. 1940)

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Creator:Moye, J. Todd
Title:John Lewis (b. 1940)
Date:2004 July 26

Encyclopedia article about John Lewis, a preeminent leader of the modern American civil rights movement. He has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1987. Lewis attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary and Fisk University, both in Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis was a participant in the 1961 Freedom Ride. He was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 until 1966 and was one of the speakers at the August 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Lewis was also executive director of the Southern Regional Council's Voter Education Project and the associate director of ACTION, the federal agency for volunteer service. Lewis also served on the Atlanta City Council.

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Subjects:Lewis, John, 1940 Feb. 21- | African American civil rights workers--Georgia | Legislators--United States | African American political activists--Georgia | African Americans--Politics and government | United States, Georgia, 32.165622, -82.900075
Collection:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Institution:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Contributors:New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project)
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