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  • John Lewis: 2012 National Book Festival


  • Rep. John Lewis appears at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Event Date

  • September 23, 2012


  • -  Rep. John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Congress, where he represents Georgia's 5th District. In 1965, Lewis helped spearhead a seminal moment in the civil rights movement: Along with Hosea Williams, Lewis led more than 600 peaceful protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in a demonstration of the need for voting rights in the state. The marchers were attacked by state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday." The incident helped hasten passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. His inspirational new book is "Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change" (Hyperion).

Running Time

  • 45 minutes 21 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image
  • online text





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