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Speaker: U.S. Rep. John Lewis
Event Date: Oct. 9, 2004
Running Time: 01:16

Congressman John Lewis reflects on his participation in the 2004 National Book Festival.

“It (Library of Congress) is the place where we learn”

Speaker Biography:
John Lewis has been the U.S. representative for the 5th Congressional District of Georgia since 1987. Born a sharecropper's son in Alabama, Lewis attended college in Tennessee, where he became involved with the civil rights movement. He was present at all the battlefields of the movement -- Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham -- and has been arrested more than 40 times, suffering severe physical attacks on several occasions. Lewis talked about his book, “Walking with the Wind,” his eyewitness account and testimony of the movement, at the National Book Festival in 2004.