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About John Lewis
American politician and civil rights activist, John Lewis served as a representative for the 5th congressional district of Georgia. He took office in January 1987 and continued to serve in the said role until his passing away in July 2020.
Between 1991 and 2003, he served as a Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Party.
As a civil rights leader, Lewis played crucial roles in the fight against racial discrimination and racial segregation in the US. For instance, in 1963 he was instrumental, as part of the "Big Six”, in the March on Washington, alongside fellow civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr.
Eddie Lewis and Willie Mae are the names of his parents, who worked as farmers (sharecroppers). He was the third child of his parents and grew up alongside nine siblings.
He tied the knot with Lillian Miles in 1968 and the couple remained married until Miles’ death in 2012. Their union produced a son called, John-Miles.
During his lifetime, Lewis received many honors and accolades for his immense contribution to the national interest of America. One of such honors includes the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received in 2011 from Barack Obama, who was then the President of the United Sates.
In 2001, he was honored with the “Profile in Courage Award” by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The NAACP honored him with a “Spingarn Medal” in 2002.
His 1998 autobiography titled, “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement”, which he co-wrote alongside Mike D'Orso earned him several awards such as the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Christopher Award. It also won the Lillian Smith Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.
He was a recipient of a number of honorary degrees from several top universities including Harvard University, New York University, and Cleveland State University.
In 2019, the civil right activist announced that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He battled with the disease until his death on July 17, 2020 – he was 80 years old. His death was mourned by many top-profile politicians including former US presidents, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George Bush.
At the age of 17, he met activist, Rosa Parks and a year later he met Martin Luther King Jr.
He received Bachelor of Arts degrees from American Baptist College, and Fisk University.
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Famous quotes by John Lewis
It was not enough to come and listen to a great sermon or message every Sunday morning and be confined to those four walls and those four corners. You had to get out and do something.John Lewis
The civil rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith. We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something.John Lewis
John Lewis' Popularity
John Lewis was a famous American politician and civil rights activist, who was born on February 21, 1940. As a person born on this date, John Lewis is listed in our database as the 83rd most popular celebrity for the day (February 21) and the 155th most popular for the year (1940).
People born on February 21 fall under the Zodiac sign of Pisces, the Fish. John Lewis is the 2289th most popular Pisces.
Aside from information specific to John Lewis' birthday, John Lewis is the 14878th most famous American.
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