Civil Rights Activist and Politician John Lewis – A Life in Pictures | US news

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Civil rights leader John Lewis, known to “America’s conscience,” has passed away. Born the son of sharecroppers in Alabama on February 21, 1940, he attended separate public schools and, inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr, became active in the civil rights movement. From college, he organized sit-ins at separate lunch counters, took part in Freedom Rides, served as chair of the Coordinating Committee for Nonviolent Students, and was a key speaker in the historic march. over Washington in 1963. He led one of the main moments in the civil rights movement, a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama which was brutally attacked by state soldiers.

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