TITLE: John Lewis
SPEAKER: John Lewis
EVENT DATE: 2004/10/09
RUNNING TIME: 36 minutes
John Lewis speaks at the 2004 National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: John Lewis, born a sharecropper's son in Alabama, 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. "Walking with the Wind," his eyewitness account and testimony of the movement, is the winner of several awards, including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Lillian Smith Book Award for Non-Fiction and The New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Since 1987, he has been the U.S. representative for the 5th Congressional District of Georgia. He lives with his family in Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.
SERIES: National Book Festival 2004